Youth Video and Poster Contest

In partnership with JASON Learning, ISRI sponsors an annual video and poster contest for grades K-12 featuring recycling-related themes. With a goal to better educate students on the value of recycling, ISRI urges all of its members to get involved by encouraging youth to participate. Reach out to your local schools, community centers, scouting associations, and other groups, and share the contest on your social media feeds. Serve as an industry ambassador and good neighbor and support this year’s contest.

2022 Recycling Video & Poster Contest

Recycling for Sustainability: Making A Difference to Our Climate


Recycling is far more important than people realize. Recycling creates jobs and livelihoods and is critical to the economy. It supplies the necessary materials for manufacturing all kinds of products – from cardboard boxes to electronics, building supplies, tires, and more! And, of course, there are endless environmental benefits.

Climate change is happening. People are experiencing climate change in different ways. From intense heat waves and long periods of drought to heavy downpours and coastal flooding, these changes impact our economy and our way of life.


Recycling reduces the amount of carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases being released that are contributing to our world’s climate change. Other benefits of recycling include:

  • Reducing the amount of energy needed for manufacturing;
  • Reducing the need to extract raw materials and in turn keeping the ecosystems intact; and
  • Reducing the amount of material sent to landfills.

Your challenge

Create a public service announcement that raises awareness around recycling and why and how recycling can reduce the impact of climate change in your local community and ensure earth’s resources are available for future generations.

All entries must be submitted by Friday, December 17, 2021

For complete contest guidelines, helpful resources, and more information visit ISRI JASON Learning Video and Poster Contest.

Contest Rules and Submission 

How to Submit 

Enter the Contest

Calling all K-12 Youth!

Recycling is Essential to Jobs and Careers 2

Create something amazing, and you could win the grand prize—a trip to ISRI’s annual convention, taking place March 21-24 in Las Vegas! The winner(s) and guardian(s) will be invited to the 2022 ISRI Convention & Exhibition and be recognized by ISRI and JASON Learning during the conference. In the event the convention does not occur, due to circumstances beyond our control, a presentation will be facilitated in the winner’s city. Finalists’ videos and posters will be featured on the JASON and ISRI websites.

The contest is open to students living in the United States and Canada and enrolled in grades K-12 during the 2021–2022 school year. Students can enter the contest as individuals or as a team of up to four individuals. Each individual or team can submit either a video or a poster to the contest. One grand prize video and poster will be selected from the three grade bands: K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. JASON and ISRI may also acknowledge honorable mentions. All entries must be submitted by December 17, 2021.

Recycling Contest Ask-an-Expert LIVE Events - FREE!

Join experts from ISRI and JASON Learning to learn about this year’s recycling contest! Open to all K-12 students, this is an opportunity for students, teachers, and families to hear from experts in the recycling industry, receive helpful tips, and to ask questions. This is also a great opportunity for students who are undecided about entering and wish to learn more. Come join us!

Please note, all students under the age of 18 must register for this event with an adult (family member, teacher, parent, or guardian).

Choose one of the following times:

October 18, 7:30-8:30 p.m. EDT

Click here to Register

November 2, 4-5 p.m. EDT

Click here to Register

Award Presentations Archive

2021 Winners – Fifth-grader Irene Park, from Fairburn Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles, CA is the 2021 poster grand prize winner; and Sophomores Nadia Islam, Ada Johnsen-DeWeese, and Rosemarie Alubankudi, from Life Sciences Secondary School in New York, NY are the 2021 video grand prize winners.

Past Winners:

2020 Winner   |   2019 Winners  |   2017 Winners   |   2016 Winners   |   2015 Winners

Have Questions?

Hannah Zuckerman
(202) 662-8531