• Agromin Sponsors Orange County Students in TrashARTist Earth Day Challenge - Monday, March 7, 2011 at

  • Agromin, a manufacturer of earth-friendly soil products available in Orange County, is a sponsor of the TrashARTist Earth Day Challenge, an Orange County contest where students in grades 3 to 12 create art from recycled materials.

    The contest is presented by the Orange County Council for Green Impacts (OCCGI), a non-profit organization that oversees educational and business events about sustainability. As an OCCGI member, Agromin is sponsoring students in Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, Westminster, Cypress and Garden Grove to participate in the TrashARTist Earth Day Challenge.

    Individual students, student groups and classes can participate in the contest. When reviewing the art, judges will consider the degree in which recycled materials are used and the strength of the artwork's sustainability message. Any kind of recycled material is welcomed. Entries must also include a video, PowerPoint or photos that convey the artwork's sustainability story.

    The deadline for submissions is before 5:00 p.m. on April 1. Finalists will be announced during the week of April 4. Winners will be announced and recognized at an OCCGI event at the Hilton Anaheim in early June. An exhibition of the finalists will take place at the MUZEO, a museum and arts, culture and entertainment center in Anaheim.

    "Recycling has become a part of our everyday lives," says Bill Camarillo, CEO of Agromin, a company that recycles almost 380,000 tons of green materials a year into consumer and agriculture soil products. "Kids, especially, have embraced the idea. The contest is a chance for them to think creatively and use trash to produce imaginative and fun art pieces."

    A People's Choice Award, where community members can select their favorite art, will also be held.

    Age groups for the TrashARTist Challenge are grades 3 - 5, 6-8 and 9 - 12. For more contest information, to register and to submit entries, go to www.trashartist.com. As entries are posted on the TrashARTist Challenge website, People's Choice Award votes can be cast for favorites.

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