Year Round - Battery Recycling Contest

Household batteries that are not disposed of properly can lead to contamination of ground water and soil. Pasco County Utilities and The District School Board of Pasco County co-sponsor the Household Battery Recycling Contest each fiscal year from July 1st to June 30th. The contest encourages students and school employees to recycle their household batteries. Please note that participating schools cannot accept batteries from local businesses as part of the contest or they may be disqualified. Household batteries should be placed in 5-gallon battery buckets and labeled with the battery bucket form. The battery recycling contest is a great way for your school to earn money through recycling. A contest summary is sent out each month to contest participants. A variety of recycling containers and marketing materials can be ordered for free to assist you with your recycling efforts. For specific procedures for recycling household batteries, please refer to the Recycling Manual.

October- Energy Awareness Month

Take a look around your school and you will see many ways that you can help to conserve energy: turn off lights that are not in use, set thermostats to the appropriate temperatures by using the District's temperature guidelines, close windows and doors when the air conditioning or heat is operating, and more. The following links will provide you with information that you can use to plan your own Energy Awareness Month activities: U.S. Department of Energy Energy Star

November - America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day is celebrated annually on November 15th. During America Recycles Day, our students participate in the national recycling pledge card contest and Recycling Video Contest. By taking the America Recycles Day pledge, students and employees promise to protect the environment by implementing recycling efforts. The school with the most student and employee pledge cards in the statewide contest will win prizes for their school. All employees are encouraged to submit a recycling pledge card for exciting national prizes. Schools are encouraged to participate each November in the Recycling Video Contest by filling out an application and submitting your application and video entry to Conservation and Recycling Operations via inter-office courier. The focus of the contest is to foster an awareness of waste reduction through recycling. Assorted prizes are awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place videos in the elementary, middle, and education center / high school categories. If you would like to donate student prizes or cash for the contest, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Recycling Coordinator at (813) 794-7936. The Recycling Video Contest has provided our District with some outstanding recycling commercials. Airing these videos at your school is a a great way to help encourage recycling. Please be patient as some of these videos may take a few minutes to load. The following are the 2011 winners: 1st Place - Wesley Chapel High School 2nd Place - Wesley Chapel High School The following are the 2010 winners: 1st Place - Seven Springs Elementary 2nd Place - Richey Elementary 3rd Place - Richey Elementary 1st Place - Crews Lake Middle 2nd Place - Charles S. Rushe Middle 3rd Place - Charles S. Rushe Middle 1st Place - Wesley Chapel High The following are the 2009 winners: 1st Place - Richey Elementary 2nd Place - Richey Elementary 3rd Place - Woodland Elementary Honorable Mention - West Zephyrhills Elementary Honorable Mention - Charles S. Rushe Middle Honorable Mention - Dayspring Middle 1st Place - Hudson High 2nd Place - Sunlake High 3rd Place - Hudson High Honorable Mention - Wiregrass Ranch High The following are the 2008 winners: 1st Place - F.K. Marchman Technical Education Center 2nd Place - Wiregrass Ranch High School 3rd Place - Wesley Chapel High School Honorable Mention - Chester W. Taylor Elementary Honorable Mention - Lake Myrtle Elementary Honorable Mention - Shady Hills Elementary Honorable Mention - Sunray Elementary Honorable Mention - Trinity Elementary (1) Honorable Mention - Trinity Elementary (2)

February - Igniting Creative Energy Contest

Igniting Creative Energy Contest is a national student challenge to motivate learning, ignite the imagination, and fuel the creative potential in youth. This contest gives students the opportunity to use their creativity to communicate your energy ideas and actions to others.

February and March - The Pasco Art of Recycling

The Pasco Art of Recycling is sponsored by the District School Board of Pasco County, Pasco County, and Pasco Arts Council. The competition is a high school art competition promoting art and recycling through the use of recycled materials. All 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade Pasco County high school, private, and home school students are eligible to participate. Each year, approximately 100 students submit art work and $2,500 in cash prizes are awarded. Graduating Pasco County public high school seniors who have entered the Pasco Art of Recycling competition are encouraged to apply for the $1,000 Pasco Art of Recycling Scholarship through the Pasco Education Foundation scholarship program. The Pasco Art of Recycling competition is a fun way that students can be creative while utilizing recycled materials. The art work that is created is truly amazing! The exhibit is on display in February at the West Pasco Government Center and winning pieces will be on display in March at The District School Board of Pasco County. To enter competition, please fill out a Pasco Art of Recycling Application Form and submit the application with your art work by the due date. The application must be taped securely to your art work. Thank you to our previous sponsors for their support: Alan and Anita Weinstein, Camp, Dresser, and McKee Inc., Central Carting and Disposal, Inc., County Commissioner Pat Mulieri, Covanta Energy, Dobies Funeral Home, Figurski & Harrill, Keep Pasco Beautiful, King Engineering Associates Inc., Pasco Arts Council, Pasco Education Foundation, R.E.S.O.R.C.E Recycling Club of Pasco, Seaside Sanitation, Sierra Foundation, Inc., Simpson Environmental Services, Inc., Suncoast News, The Tampa Tribune, Waste Aid Systems, Waste Express, Inc., Waste Management of Pasco, Waste Services of Florida, Inc., and Wilson Miller, Inc.

May - EnergyWhiz Olympics

The Florida Solar Energy Center has many outstanding contests related to energy. Enter the EnergyWhiz Olympics and compete with other students to create a gourmet meal using a solar cooker. Solar cookers come in many different styles such as: box, clear dome, funnel, hot pot, mobile, parabolic, pyramid, trough, wall oven inside the home, wall oven outside the home, and winged.

May - Energy Awareness Video Contest

Schools are encouraged to participate each May in the Energy Awareness Video Contest by filling out an application and submitting your application and video entry to Conservation and Recycling Operations via inter-office courier. The focus of the contest is to foster awareness for reducing energy use. Assorted prizes are awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place videos. Check out the contest posters for the elementary, middle, and education center/high school categories. Thank you Tampa Electric Company and The Pampering Plumber for making this year's contest possible! If you would like to donate student prizes or cash for the contest, contact John Soler, Energy Coordinator at (813) 794-7955. The Energy Awareness Video Contest has provided our District with some outstanding videos. Airing these videos at your school is a a great way to help encourage others to conserve energy. Please be patient as some of these videos may take a few minutes to load. The following are the 2011 winners: 1st Place - Lake Myrtle Elementary 2nd Place - Richey Elementary 1st Place - Crews Lake Middle and the extended version 1st Place - Wesley Chapel High 2nd Place - Wesley Chapel High