This year marks the 30th anniversary of New Jersey’s Statewide Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act, which established a recycling mandate and made New Jersey a national recycling leader. New Jersey was the first state in the country to implement such a law and is still one of the top recyclers in the country.

To celebrate this milestone, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is sponsoring the 2017 Recycling Poetry Contest (for students in grades 4-6) and the 2017 Recycling Logo and Slogan Contest (for students in grades 9-11).

The winning entries from both competitions will be used by the NJDEP as part of its future statewide recycling outreach efforts.

The deadline for submissions for both contests is Friday, June 2.

Submission requirements, entry form, contact information and other details for the poetry contest are available on NJDEP’s website.

The same information and forms for the recycling logo and slogan contest, are also available on the NJDEP website.