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Recycling Video & Poster Contest Winners Exemplify the Industry’s Future

(New Orleans, LA) — The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and JASON Learning today are proud to present the winners of the nationwide 2017 Youth Video & Poster Contest designed to promote the value of recycling among youth. Seventh grade student Jacob Folwell from Caldwell, ID, won this year’s grand prize with his video submission.


“Educating future generations on the role recycling plays in the environment, economy, and society is a large part of ISRI’s advocacy and outreach efforts,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “It guarantees the success and long-term durability of the recycling industry for years to come. Combining art and video with STEM education to teach recycling allows kids the opportunity to learn about the science and technology of recycling through their own creativity.”


This year’s video contest had two themes. Students in grades K-12 were asked to submit a video that illustrates the process and challenges that go along with recycling something that is “Bigger than the Bin”  into a reusable form, or connecting with a professional working in the recycling industry and interviewing them to learn about their work and career path. The poster contest theme focused on ISRI’s role as the Voice of the Recycling Industry™.


Folwell’s video submission used Legos to demonstrate the step-by-step process of how a car is recycled, including how it goes through a shredder. The video then provides information on the amount of energy saved from recycling cars as well as the environmental benefits of avoiding mining for ore. Throughout the video, it is clear Folwell did a significant amount of research on both how recycling works and the many benefits it provides.


“In everything we do at JASON we try to link kids to the real-world applications of the science subjects they study in school,” said Patrick Shea, executive vice president of JASON. “Contests such as this one are a way for them to explore areas of STEM that they might otherwise never think of, or make a personal connection with.”


Judges evaluated entries on the interpretation and clarity of the theme to the viewer, the persuasiveness of the message, creativity and originality, the quality of the entry, and the overall impression of the entry.


Winners for this year’s poster contest, by grade category are:


Elementary School - Max Zwilsky, Leesburg, VA

Middle School - Malisa Lo, Kapolei, HI

High School - Alexandra Fryman, Plainview, NY


Grand prize winner Jacob Folwell was recognized at ISRI’s Annual Convention & Exposition being held April 22-28 in New Orleans. All winners and finalists will be featured on the ISRI website. All finalists will receive a certificate, a full year of JASON online access for the entrant(s) and teacher/facilitator, and a contest t-shirt. Entries receiving honorable mentions will receive certificates and t-shirts.





The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ISRI represents more than 1,300 companies in 21 chapters in the U.S. and 35 countries that process, broker, and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute 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. For more information about ISRI, please visit www.isri.org.

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