School Program Collections and Competitions

Madison County Schools, both private and parochial, have a variety of collection programs and competitions from which they can choose. No school is the same, and each participates based on its resources, needs, and the interests of students and staff.  In order to participate in the programs and competitions below, your school must be enrolled in the Green Schools Program. 

Contact your schools Green School Coordinator or Bailey Lutz with any questions.

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Crayola is now accepting used markes, including non-Crayola brand markers, dry erase markers, and highlighters! Classrooms collect used markers throughout the year. Markers are packaged and a shipping label and a no-cost shipping label is printed from Crayola's website. roseartmarkerphoto

FedEx picks up the used markers at no cost to 
the school, and Crayola converts the plastic into clean fuel. Crayola's website also offers classroom-ready, standards-based lesson plans. Markers can be shipped throughout the year. Crayola recommends at least 100 and no more than 40 pounds of markers per shipped box.

Helpful links: ColorCycle Registration Page, Customizable Parent Letter, Customizable Hallway Poster

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Trex Company, Inc supplies participating schools with collection boxes and other materials to assist with collection of plastic items such as grocery bags, plastic retail bags, plastic cereal bags, bread bags, shrink wrap & dry-cleaning bags. 

PlasticBagIn this nation-wide collection program, school volunteers weigh and keep a record of the amount of film collected each month. Schools complete against other schools in their area to recycle the most plastic film per number of students. 

Helpful link: Trex School Recycling Challenge Page

Lions Club Keys and Eyeglasses

The Lions Club of Illinois accepts any type of keys to be recycled. The money raised is used in Illinois to pay for partially-sighted children to undergo special low-vision examinations with glasses, monoculars, stand magnifiers and other equipment being provided absolutely free.  


Helpful link: Schools with keys that are ready for donation may indicate the need for a pick-up by clicking here.

Used eyeglasses are collected by local chapters of the Lions Club and used to help those 
in Central & South America, Mexico, Haiti, the Philippines & Africa improve their lives with better vision. Schools with eyeglasses that are ready for donation may indicate the need for a pick-up by clicking here.

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Used cell phones are taken to a recycler which then pays the non-profit company, Cell Phones for Soldiers. Cell Phones for Soldiers uses the funds to purchase calling cards for American soldiers to call home. Phones are dropped off at local AT&T stores and a variety of other area businesses or via postage-paid return labels. Cell phone collection may occur at any time. For closest drop-off locations, visit  

TerraCycle BannerRecyclingSymbolTerraCycle offers national programs (Brigades®) to collect previously non-recyclable or hard to recycle waste.Some Brigades have a cost, but most  offer free shipping and a donation for each piece of garbage collected. Sign up to collect one or more of the waste streams listed, or find out more about how the Brigade programs work and which Brigades are currently available at

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In this county-wide plastic bag and stretchy film collection, schools compete against one another while promoting clean communities and waterways, both locally and globally.
Participating schools recieve a Fantastic Plastic Toolkit which includes materials for teachers and students to host this year long collection. 

To participate in this program, please contact Bailey-

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Upcycling Innovation Challenge

The Madison County Green Schools Program invites students in grades K-12 within Madison County schools to participate in the NEW Upcycling Innovation Challenge. Upcycling is the act of creating a product from waste or unwanted items or adapting an existing product in a creative way to add value. When items are upcycled, they reduce waste from going to the landfill and improve the efficiency of our resources.

All entries and entry forms must be received no later than 4:00 pm, April 15th, 2022. Entry forms can be mailed, dropped off in person, or submitted online via the link on the entry page. Winners will be recognized on our Madison County Resource Management Facebook page, Instagram, and website. Winning entries will also be displayed in-person at the County Administration Building.

Click HERE to view the pdf entry form or HERE to fill out your entry online.

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New Poster Contest
The Madison County Green Schools Program invites students in grades K-12 within Madison County schools to illustrate their talent in this county-wide poster contest and to ‘think outside of the recycling bin’. America Recycles Day (November 15th) is a nationally-recognized event that promotes national awareness of recycling in the United States. Whether you are a student learning in the classroom or participating in virtual learning at home, we encourage you to participate in this contest and help Madison County residents think about their actions and how they impact the environment

The Theme of the Contest is 'Stick with the Six'

Students should illustrate the importance of recycling responsibly and only placing items in the recycling that belong in the bin! Although some schools have paper only recycling, single stream recycling is available in most homes and public areas within Madison County. This type of recycling involves only recycling the items illustrated below. If it’s not on the list, it doesn’t go in the bin.  Students should design a poster encouraging Madison County residents to stick with the six when recycling items in a single-stream recycling bin.

All entries must be submitted by October 22nd, 2021. The 2021 entry form can be found HERE.

GarbageInternational Composting Awareness Week is May 1st-7th this year and we are celebrating with this annual contest open to all Madison County students in grades K-12th. Participating students must be enrolled at a 2022 Madison County Green School. Students should design a poster or video (based on their grade level) that showcases the benefits of composting. Winning students will receive a Dual Chamber Composting Tumbler.

See full contest overview and rules HERE. Deadline for submissions will be April 22nd, 2022. Winners will be announced during Compost Awareness Week, May 1st-7th

Please view the Composting 101 flyer for tips and tricks on how to create and maintain a compost pile. You can also visit for more composting information.

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Open to students in grades 6-12, PhotoVoice is a method to make student voices heard through photography by documenting the community’s needs and resources. Students should photograph a scene that represents their community or expresses their point of view as it relates to sustainability.
Single photos must be accompanied by a 4-5 sentence description that states what the photographer is depicting in the photo. Photos must be taken in Madison County by a Madison County school student. Potential entrants should review the entry guidelines here
Entries are due by Thursday, March 31st, 2022. Entries must be submitted online, via the following link.

Clean Air Bookmark Competition

Madison County Building and Zoning Department sponsors this bookmark design contest. All design submissions should illustrate various ways to improve air quality in the St. Louis region such as: carpooling, walking, bicycling, riding transit, using solar and wind energy, etc. Four grade categories for the contest; K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. 

Entries should be postmarked by March 31st 2022. Guidelines and Entry Form


The first place bookmark designs from each category are printed with the winner’s name and school and made available to the winning student’s school library. In addition, each winner receives a certificate and Kindle Paperwhite tablet and gift card