Get creative with your trash and enter in Largo's Recycled Innovations Contest

How will the winner be determined? Visitors to the contest site will be able to vote for their favorite innovation within each of the following categories: Tiny Innovators, Junior Innovators, Tween Innovators, Techie Teen Innovators, and Macgyvers. One winner per category will be named.

Deadline for entry, including photo submission and entry description, is Thursday, October 28. Online voting begins November 1st and ends on the 12th on the website. The winners will be announced on America Recycles Day, November 15. Interested innovators can apply online at or by calling (727)586-7424 for more information.

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The City of Largo is challenging you to get creative with your trash in their 2nd annual Recycled Innovations Contest. This is an online contest that encourages eco-innovators to go the next step beyond just recycling their trash by upcycling it into items they'd use daily.

Don't get this confused with a recycled art show, though. Recycled Innovations are items that may be reused in daily activities. All entries must be functional items made from at least 75% recycled materials that would otherwise end up in the trash. For example, last year's winner, Madeline Wilkes, turned a bucket that used to hold kitty litter into a nifty 2-in-1 cooler and stool (decked out in the Bucs logo, no less; see photo).

Contest participants will have their creations seen around Tampa Bay and beyond.

Prizes will include: solar/wind powered chargers for cell phones, MP3 players and small electronics, environmental board games, and learning toys, to name just a few.

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