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Deadline for TPC Poster Entries is the
Last Business Day of January

Several thousand students enter the Statewide Trash Poster Contest, annually, making this poster judging very competitive and certainly very interesting! In addition to other prizes, 12 chosen state winning posters will be featured in 35,000 printed calendars. 30,000 copies each of “one” additional state winning poster is also selected and will be reproduced in a large dynamic color poster format for display as the “Promotional Poster of the Year”. These items are distributed to Oklahoma federal, state, city, and county agencies, schools, libraries, municipalities and many other businesses, organizations, groups, and individuals, statewide, nationally, and internationally.

The contest is organized by the following representatives from their respective partnership organizations: Melody Johnson – Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT), Sara Ivey – Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Tom Creider – Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department – State Parks (OTRD-SP), Rhonda Ward – Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA), Rebecca McLaughlin – Oklahoma State Department of Education (SDE), Katie Mueller– Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO), Jeanette Nance – Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB), Lisa Synar – Oklahoma City Beautiful (OKCB), Alyson Atchison – Oklahoma Arts Council (OAC), Lindsay Farris - Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Melody Martin - O.G.&E., Kyle Peters - Oklahoma Employees Credit Union, Jackie Smith - Oklahoma Environmental Management Authority, and Karen Hrbacek - Retired DEQ. The Annual Trash Poster Contest winners are announced in April each year.

Entry Forms:

Entry blanks for the Annual Trash Poster Contest, printed copies of the display poster from the current year, and several calendars are mailed to each Oklahoma school principal and superintendent in November. Entry forms can also be obtained by contacting the ODOT Beautification Office (405) 521-4037, or by printing the Trash Poster Contest Entry Form(s) from your computer (see left column of this web page). The contest begins December 1st each year. Please do not submit poster entries prior to the month of December!

Entry Form information must be filled out completely, legibly, and in detail, and placed in the upper right corner on the BACK of the poster. Entries must be taken or sent to your local County Department of Environmental Quality Office (DEQ) by the last working business day of January each year. Late entries or entries sent to the wrong office will NOT be judged. DEQ County Office locations and mailing addresses are listed both on this website and on each entry form.

Contest Divisions:

The contest is divided into four divisions by grade: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. All Oklahoma K-12 students are eligible and encouraged to enter.


Local Prizes – 1st, 2nd and 3rd place county winners receive a certificate. Some local sponsors also present other prizes, but those vary by county.

State Prizes – State judging is completed in early March. In April, each of the 13 state winners will receive a cash award for first, second and third places from each grade category, and for the “Promotional Poster of the Year”. State winners also will receive a T-shirt with their design on it and a mounted poster board copy and laminated placemat of their poster. Teachers of the 13 state winners receive vouchers for a two-night stay at an Oklahoma State Park and vouchers to purchase classroom school art supplies.

Awards Event:

State winners and teachers are honored at an April Awards Event at the ODOT Building in Oklahoma City. The winning students are also introduced to the Oklahoma State House of Representatives at the State Capitol that same day. All state winners and their teachers receive proper notification prior to the awards luncheon.


  • OG&E Energy Corp.
  • Oklahoma Employees Credit Union
  • Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department – Oklahoma State Parks
  • Oklahoma Environmental Management Authority
  • Ardmore Beautification Council
  • Oklahoma Highway Patrol
  • Sierra Club, Oklahoma Chapter
  • Oklahoma Rural Water Association
  • Solid Waste Institute of Northeast Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma City Beautiful
  • Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions
  • Keep Oklahoma Beautiful
  • Head Country BBQ
  • Oklahoma Arts Council
  • Oklahoma Highway Safety Office
  • Oklahoma State Department of Education
  • Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
  • Oklahoma Turnpike Authority
  • Oklahoma Department of Transportation

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