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ISRI, JASON Learning Announce Themes for 2017 Student Recycling Video and Poster Contest

National competition aims to raise awareness around breadth of recycling

(Washington, DC) — The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and JASON Learning are teaming up once again to invite young filmmakers, artists, and recycling advocates to participate in a poster and video contest to build recycling awareness.

The contest is open to all students living in the United States and enrolled in grades K-12 during the 2016-17 school year. For the poster contest, entrants are challenged to create an original poster that highlights ISRI's role as the Voice of the Recycling Industry™. Students submitting videos can choose between creating a video that illustrates the process and challenges that go along with recycling their chosen “Bigger than the Bin”  item into a reusable form, or connecting with a professional working in the recycling industry who is an ISRI member, and interviewing them to learn about their work and career path. Top entries will be used to help educate the public on ISRI’s role as the Voice of the Recycling Industry™, how items are recycled that don’t fit in the traditional blue bin, and careers within the recycling industry. One poster will be selected as a finalist from each of three grade bands: K-4, 5-8, and 9-12; and one video will be selected as a finalist from each of two grade bands: 5-8 and 9-12, with two overall grand-prize winners awarded.

“The U.S. scrap recycling industry annually generates $105 billion in economic activity, a fact that most people often don’t recognize,” said ISRI President Robin Wiener. “We hope that through this contest, students and adults alike gain a better understanding of the impact of the scrap recycling industry and its many benefits, ranging from those who work in the industry to every environmental benefit recycling provides and beyond.”

“In everything we do at JASON we try to link kids to the real-world applications of the STEM subjects they study in school,” said Patrick Shea, JASON's Executive Vice President. “Contests such as this one are a fun way for them to explore areas of STEM that they might otherwise never think of, or make a personal connection with. When they do, we're always amazed at the depth of their understanding, and the creativity they put into sharing what they've learned. The themes of this year’s contest provide students with opportunities to delve deeper into the scrap recycling industry, and we can't wait to see what they come up with.”

Entries must be submitted by January 20, 2017. Prizes for the finalists include being featured on the JASON and ISRI websites, a year of JASON online access, a contest t-shirt, a certificate, and, for the grand prize winners, a trip to New Orleans, with a parent or guardian to participate in ISRI's 2017 Annual Convention and Exposition. This marks the fourth year ISRI and JASON Learning have teamed up on an art contest.

Additional information about the contest, including all rules, tips, and how to enter can be found online.

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The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the Voice of the Recycling Industry. ISRI represents approximately 1,300 companies in 21 chapters in the U.S. and 34 countries worldwide that process, broker and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, ISRI provides education, advocacy, safety and compliance training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment, and sustainable development. Generating more than $105 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides nearly half a million Americans with good jobs.

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