The York County Solid Waste Authority Kicks off High School Recycled Art Contest with “Picker Day” Event at “Refindings” (York Architectural Warehouse)

To promote recycling and celebrate “Earth Day” (April 22), the York County Solid Waste Authority is sponsoring their third annual Recycled Art Contest for York County High School students. On Saturday, February 25, at 10:00 am, a special “Picker Day” event invites participants to search through treasures at Refindings at 465 Prospect Street in York for items they can repurpose and include in their recycled art pieces. Refindings is generously donating selected items to the students to support their efforts.

Participating schools include Central York High School, Dallastown Area High School, Kennard-Dale High School, Northern York County High School, Red Land High School, Red Lion Area Senior High School, South Western High School and York Suburban High School. Thirty students are participating.

Students have until April 15 to complete and submit their recycled art. A gallery exhibit will be held on Tuesday, April 18 at the Creative York West Gallery at 118 West Philadelphia Street in York at 6:30 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded for the top three entries as determined by celebrity judges. Each student winner will receive an art supply gift certificate and their school’s art department will also be granted an art supply gift certificate in the same amount.

Earth Day is a worldwide annual event celebrated on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The first Earth Day, held in 1970, was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, similar to a general education forum. In 1990 the event grew to the international level with 141 nations participating. Today, it is estimated that more than 192 countries continue to celebrate Earth Day each year.

Refindings is Central Pennsylvania’s premier architectural salvage resource for historic restoration and redecorating needs. Their showroom features an array of one-of-a-kind historic pieces and antique building materials, carefully preserved from our region’s rich architectural history. A variety of decorative gift items featuring vintage styling, including an array of new pieces with rich character and timeless appeal are also on display.

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, education, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township; and owns and operates a Yard Waste Transfer Facility, a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center and an Education Center. Free educational programming for children and adults is offered year-round by the Authority. Each of their 10 programs meets the PA Department of Education standards for ecology and environment curriculum and is approved for teacher use in the state of Pennsylvania.