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Deadline for entries: January 31

Approximately 14,000 students enter the Statewide Annual Trash Poster Contest, making this poster judging very competitive and certainly very interesting! In addition to other prizes, 12 chosen state winners will be featured in 35,000 printed calendars. 20,000 copies each of “one” additional state winner’s 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), Sarah Ivey – Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Tom Creider – Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department – State Parks (OTRD-SP), Rhonda Ward – Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA), Glen Henry – Oklahoma State Department of Education (SDE), Alice Collinsworth – Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO), Jeanette Nance – Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB), Melissa Brodt – Oklahoma City Beautiful (OKCB), and Alyson Atchison – Oklahoma Arts Council (OAC). 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 school principal and superintendent by December. Entry forms can also be obtained by contacting the ODOT Beautification Office (405) 521-4037, or by going to the ODOT Beautification Website, www.okladot.state.ok.us/beauty, clicking on “Poster Contest”, and printing the Trash Poster Contest Entry Form from your computer. The contest begins in December each year. Please do not submit poster entries prior to the month of December!

The entry form must be filled out completely, legibly, and in detail, and attached to the upper right corner on the BACK of the poster. Entries must be sent to your local County Department of Environmental Quality Office (DEQ) by January 31st each year. Late entries or entries sent to the wrong office will NOT be judged.

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 to enter.


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

State Prizes – In April, each of the 13 state winners will receive a cash award, $250 for first place, $150 for second and $100 for third from each grade category, and $200 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 checks for classroom school art supplies in the amounts of $100 for first place and for “Promotional Poster of the Year”, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place.

Awards Luncheon:

State winners are honored at an April Awards Luncheon at the ODOT Building in Oklahoma City. The 13 state winners and respective teachers receive their awards at the luncheon. 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 Corporation
  • Oklahoma Employees Credit Union
  • Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department – Oklahoma State Parks
  • Oklahoma Environmental Management Authority
  • Walmart
  • AEP – Public Service Company of Oklahoma
  • Sierra Club, Oklahoma Chapter
  • Oklahoma Rural Water Association
  • Solid Waste Institute of Northeast Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma City Beautiful
  • Waste Research, Inc.
  • Keep Oklahoma Beautiful
  • 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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