Solid Waste Management Department


City of Houston 

Mark Wilfalk, Director
Solid Waste Management Dept.
Sylvester Turner, Mayor
City of Houston


The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department will partner with Houston ISD
for a creative artwork competition to promote sustainability

HOUSTON – Thursday, January 26, 2023, The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department and Houston Independent School District are seeking unique recycling artwork from students to participate in the inaugural partnership truck art contest. The winning artwork will be featured on the City of Houston Recycling collection trucks promoting sustainability through recycling.

This year's theme is “I RECYCLE FOR HOUSTON.” HISD students between K to 12 grades can submit original artwork inspired by the contest theme. Artwork will be judged by age groups, with prizes awarded to winners in each category. The four categories will include the following:

  • Category 1: Grades k-5 (2 winners)
  • Category 2: Grades 6-8 (2 winners)
  • Category 3: Grades 9-12 (2 winners)
  • Category 4: Special Education (2 winners)

“This is more than just an art competition,” SWMD Director Mark Wilfalk said. “Art is not only drawing, coloring, & cutting. It is a tool for creative expression, healing, and change. Recycling is more than what meets the eye. It's about what motivates you to be the change in your home, neighborhood, and in your classroom.” This new educational competition is for all ages to encourage positive change through the eyes of our youth for a better future.

Students can submit their artwork and entry form at or by mail without folding it to SWM Art Contest 2023, Attn: Truck Art Contest, 611 Walker St. #1230, Houston, TX 77002. All submissions must be received or postmarked by Tuesday, February 28, 2023. After preliminary judging, the finalists' artwork will be displayed online, and open to the public for voting. All winners will receive a framed copy of their artwork and a certificate at the awards ceremony during Earth Week on April 19, 2023. Applicants can visit for full details, contest rules, and entry forms.

 Contest Overview

  • Open to all HISD registered students (K to 12 Grades) in City of Houston service area.
  • Recycling artwork submission between January 26, 2023, and February 28, 2023.
  • Only one entry per student

 Art Submission

  • Click here to submit. Optional mail entries will be accepted.
  •  Each submission must include COMPLETED entry form.
  • Recycling artwork submission between January 26, 2023, and February 28, 2023.
  • Mail submission is accepted. MAIL without folding:
    SWM Art Contest
    Attn: Truck Art Contest
    611 Walker #1230, Houston, TX 77002


The Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) provides solid waste services to the citizens of Houston through the collection, disposal and recycling of discarded material in a manner that is safe, efficient, environmentally sound and cost-effective.

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