America Recycles Day 2011 video contest winners chosen

Recycling is no joke, and neither was Keep America Beautiful’s first-ever America Recycles Day video contest. Entrants were asked to create a funny, short video that showed recycling in a positive light.

Over the past 2 months, entrants of all ages submitted a total of 80 videos starring creative characters from recycling superheroes to talking bottles and cans. Creative submissions took the form of rap songs, skits, one-liners, animations and more.

The America Recycles Day judging committee selected the top 10 videos based on creativity and use of the “Recycling is no Joke” theme. These top 10 videos were posted on YouTube and the public was asked to vote for their favorite. In total, the videos received over 18,000 views.

With 554 votes, Ryan Francis’ great rap mix – with recyclables creating the percussive background music – won first place, a cash prize of $1,000. The second-place winner with 533 votes was created by William Mosquera and Shardrack Agyeman, also a rap that encouraged everyone to recycle “Like a Boss.”

The America Recycles Day judging committee also selected two honorable mention awards. Students from Hollis Hands Elementary School in LaGrange, Georgia, were recognized for being “youngest in the top 10.” And Jake Jurich’s time traveling recycler earned judges’ honors for its use of cinematography, special effects and pure creativity.