The City of Tukwila and Waste Management are partnering to offer the Re-Think Waste video and photo contest for students K-12 who live or go to school in Tukwila.

Students are challenged to demonstrate how they rethink, reduce, reuse, or recycle by creating a short (60 seconds or less) video, photo, or recycled art project.

Examples could include videos of actions to reduce waste, showing creative examples of reuse, or reminding others which items are recyclable per the City’s guide at

Prizes will be awarded by two age categories:

    • Elementary students (K-5th grade)
    • Secondary students (grades 6-12)

The top finalist in each category will receive $350, 2nd place, $200 and 3rd place, $100.

Teachers can win prizes too – teachers who incorporate projects into their classwork will be recognized and the teacher with the most students submitting contest entries will win $400 for class supplies. Students may also enter independently of a class. It is not required that their teacher participate.

Top finalists and some participants will be showcased on City of Tukwila and WM websites and social media platforms.

“Participants not only get a chance for prizes, but they also get the opportunity to make a positive impact on their community by spreading awareness!” said Phillip Tran of Waste Management. “We look forward to seeing creative ideas from youth in the Tukwila community.”

No experience is necessary to enter the contest. Students of all ages and abilities are welcomed to participate. Fun and creativity are encouraged. Videos can be shot on cell phones, tablets, or cameras. City of Tukwila and WM will be judging submissions on creativity, relevance to the waste reduction/recycling theme, quality, and effort.

Submissions are due Monday, April 12, 2021, by 5 p.m. Finalists will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2021.

For more information or to receive the entry form with complete rules, visit or email