America Recycles Billboard Contest winner announced

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Pictured are the winners that placed in the America Recycles Day Billboard Design Contest for 2019 for Eastbrook Middle School. From left are Samantha Triana, Maria Maldanado (the overall winner) and Kaylee Welch.



Eastbrook Middle School eighth-grader Maria Maldanado is the overall winner of the 2019 America Recycles Day Billboard Design Contest hosted by the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority's program Target Recycling at School. The winning design is displayed on two billboards in Whitfield County (one on Cleveland Highway and the other on Thornton Avenue) during November to recognize America Recycles Day on Friday.

Maldanado's design includes the phrase "I recycle. Do you?" as one of the contest's themes. The artwork puts the focus directly on the message and cleverly uses word art to create a tree out of the recycling symbol as a reminder that the importance of conserving our natural resources. Every time you drive past the billboards, they can serve as a reminder that it is important for you to recycle your paper and cardboard because every ton recycled saves 17 trees.

The billboard design contest, now in its tenth year, has first, second and third place winners from each school that submitted entries. The three winners, listed below, received a certificate of participation and a gift bag with items made from recycled materials. The first place overall, who is the winner of the billboard, was selected from the first-place design from each grade level.

Christian Heritage School

• Monique Loa

• Dayton Nguyen

• Norah Henson

Eastbrook Middle School

• Maria Maldanado

• Samantha Triana

• Kaylee Welch

New Hope Middle School

• Chase Jones

• Brandon Ramos

• Jessie Lowery

• Honorable mention: Landyn Vali

Target Recycling at School provides recycling collection services and environmental education opportunities to schools in Whitfield County. For more information, call (706) 278-5001 or visit

America Recycles Day is a community-driven event dedicated to promoting recycling awareness, commitment and action in the U.S. through its partnership with Keep America Beautiful. For more information, visit

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