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We were delighted to honor eight Santa Cruz elementary and middle school students as winners of our annual Santa Cruz Recycles! poster contest on Oct. 3: Julia Bates, Alden Brill, Laulette Edwards, Sophia Fitzpatrick, Jessica Norris, Audrey Pierson, Olivia Robinson and Katherine Tkoch.




Four of their winning designs were unveiled on the sides of City recycling and refuse trucks where they will continue to be displayed throughout the year.





Another four winning designs are now mounted on downtown big-belly solar compactor trash bins.


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The winning truck artwork was submitted by three Mission Hill Middle School students: “Recycle,” created by Laulette when she was in seventh grade; “Recycle,” created by Katherine when she was in eighth grade; and “Keep Santa Cruz Green,” created by Julia when she was in eighth grade. The fourth winning truck design is “Santa Cruz Recycles,” created by Olivia when she was in fifth grade at DeLaveaga Elementary School.


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The big-belly bin winning artwork was submitted by another three Mission Hill Middle School students: “Feed Me Trash,” created by Alden when he was in eighth grade; “Throw Away Your Trash,” created by Audrey when she was in sixth grade; and “Don’t Pollute Litter Hurts,” created by Jessica when she was in eighth grade. The fourth winning big-belly design is “Keep Santa Cruz Clean,” created by Sophia when she was in fourth grade at Holy Cross School.


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The contest gives K-12 students a chance to a chance to creatively express their understanding of waste reduction and recycling issues while the colorful artwork helps to reinforce important City messages.

More information is available at

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