Trash to Treasure Challenge

Another person’s trash could be your ticket to a winning art piece!  Join Friends of Stark Parks and partners, Stark Parks, Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Management District, Ohio Ocean Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity ReStore Canton for our annual upcycle art contest in celebration of America Recycles Day! We’re looking for the most unique piece of art made entirely of recycled items. Don’t toss it, reuse it and you could win gift cards! Finalists will be selected by a panel of community judges.  Art will be displayed at the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park.

Announcing the 2021 Trash to Treasure Winners and Finalists.

1. Use the photo submission form that found at the bottom of this page to enter the contest until Oct. 15. The form is now closed.
2. Finalist photos selected and posted on Facebook on Nov. 1
3. Finalist artwork to the Exploration Gateway by Nov. 8
4. Winners Selected and Announced Via Facebook on Nov. 15
5. Awards Reception (open to public)

When: Saturday, Nov. 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park, 5712 12th St. NW, Canton 44708
About the Event: Meet the winners, see their creative projects, and visit partner booths including Habitat for Humanity and Stark-Tusc-Wayne Solid Waste District.  All participants are invited to display their piece at the award reception. The event is open to the public.

Artwork will be displayed until Dec. 1, 2021.


Categories and Prizes

Grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12, and Adult (18+)

First Place: $50 Gift Card     Second Place: $25 Card

Class Project (Classroom setting with at least two students working together)

Prize for Classroom Category awarded to classroom teacher:
First Place: $75 Gift Card
Second Place: $50 Gift Card


Rules and Regulations

  • Project must be constructed of used, recyclable materials such as, but not limited to, tires, electronics, cardboard, aluminum cans, newspapers, magazines, etc. – Discover lots of reusable materials at Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Canton (1400 Raff Rd SW Suite B Canton, OH 44710) or your local recycling center!
  • Fastening materials may include tape, glue, and/or string.
  • Art may be a sculpture or functional piece of art. Creativity is key!
  • Artists will retain ownership of their art after the contest.
  • Entry is limited to one per person, with the exception of class projects. Anyone entering with a class may also enter under another category with a different piece of art.


Related Programs

Nov. 16, 2021, 6 p.m. Program has been cancelled
Exploration Gateway (Rooms A and B)
Enjoy a presentation from Habitat for Humanity Restore and what they offer to the community. They help local families build decent, affordable shelter, with extensive and intentional recycling efforts.

Nov. 18, 2021, 5:30 p.m.
Exploration Gateway (Rooms A and B)
With the help of Stark-Tusc-Wayne Recycling District and some songs and Remmi the puppet, we will learn about why, what, and how we can recycle.

Nov. 18, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Exploration Gateway (Science Lab)
With the help of the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Recycling District, learn about reusing trash by making crafts and other useful items instead of throwing it into a landfill. We will make a fun friend from the bottom of 2-liter bottles.

Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m.
Exploration Gateway: Science Lab
Did you know that Ohio is actually connected to the ocean? It seems crazy, but it’s true! That means that what we do in Ohio has an impact on an ecosystem hundreds of miles away. The mission of the Ohio Ocean Foundation is to raise awareness about the connection between Ohio and global ocean health. This presentation will teach you about ocean and human health, how Ohioans affect the oceans, and why trash is a big deal. We’ll also show you a fun way to live a more sustainable lifestyle and lessen your impact on the environment.