Don’t Trash Your TV! Video Contest Winners Announced Today

Don’t Trash Your TV! Video Contest Winners Announced Today Students participate in video contest to educate Hoosiers on importance of recycling analog TVs

Don’t Trash Your TV! Recycle it. That was the message students conveyed as they competed for cash prizes by creating the best video to help educate Hoosiers on how to make the shift to digital television in an environmentally-friendly way.

Students were able to earn cash prizes for themselves and their schools by creating a 30-second video public service announcement on the importance of recycling analog TVs for the digital TV changeover. The Indiana Recycling Coalition partnered with the State Department of Education, the State Department of Environmental Management and Comcast to create this contest.  According to Jeffrey R. Miller, IRC Board President, “The IRC has been a leader on electronics recycling issues across the state for several years and we were pleased to partner with IDOE, IDEM and Comcast to further promote the importance of recycling televisions in advance of the digital transition.”

“This is a particularly timely contest not only because of the impending digital transition, but also due to the passage earlier this week of HB 1589 – Electronics Recycling, out of the House Environmental Affairs committee.  Representative Mary Ann Sullivan authors this legislation which would vastly improve Hoosier’s access to electronics recycling programs throughout the state,” said Carey Hamilton, Executive Director, Indiana Recycling Coalition.

Contest sponsors are:  National Starch, Abitibi-Bowater, Indiana Household Hazardous Waste  Taskforce, and the Association of Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts.   

The Winners  (click on the IRC logo @ www.recroom.com to view / download the videos or go directly tohttp://www.recroom.com/contest.aspx?promoid=2531

1st place ($600) – team of 4 students:  Video J at www.recroom.com Micheal Littell  Andrew DeFeo  Andrew Eales  Nate Douglas   School Match -McKenzie Career Center – Indianapolis $600 

2nd place ($400) – team of 2 students:  Video E at www.recroom.com Olivia Bodi  Maleshia Head  School Match – Martinsville High School – $400 

3rd place ($200) – 1 student   Video B at www.recroom.com Sam Evenson  School Match – Kokomo Area Career Center- Greentown, IN – $200

Honorable Mention – team of 3 students  Video I at www.recroom.com Stacia Weatherford  Seth True  Andrew Grimes  from McKenzie Career Center – Indianapolis, IN 

Honorable Mention     Video D at www.recroom.com Jeff Gagne  Micheal Gallaway  Rick Niemritz  Kyle Fischer  From McKenzie Career Center – Indianapolis, IN 

Viewer’s Choice ($400)    Video K at www.recroom.com Monica Sherer  Goshen High School  Goshen, IN

About the contest Indiana students were asked to produce 30-second videos that help Hoosiers understand the importance of reusing, recycling, or converting analog televisions instead of putting them in the trash for the upcoming digital TV transition on February 17, 2009.  

The contest, which began Nov. 15, as part of America Recycles Day, and ended January 15, 2009, was open to any Indiana student in grades 9 through 12 and age 13 and older. Entrants and their corresponding schools had the opportunity to receive cash prizes while helping to further the goals of America Recycles Day Indiana (ARDI), a partnership between the Indiana Recycling Coalition, Indiana Department of Education, Indiana Department of Environmental Management and Comcast, that hosted the contest.  

The Indiana Recycling Coalition hosted the contest @ www.indianarecycling.org.  All 13 PSA videos were available to view through Comcast’s Web site, www.recroom.com, and the public had the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice award worth $400. The first, second and third place winners were chosen from the top 10 finalists. The winning PSA video will be distributed to media outlets across the state.

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