Trash Can Contest 2018

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) invite Missouri public, private, and home-school students in grades K-8 to help fight litter in the Show-Me State -- and to have creative and educational fun -- by participating in the 2018 "Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter-Free" trash-can-decorating contest. The annual contest is sponsored by MDC and MoDOT as part of the state's "No MOre Trash!" statewide litter campaign.

The contest encourages school classes and groups to join in the fight against litter by decorating and displaying a large trash can with the "No MOre Trash!" logo and a litter-prevention message using a variety of creative media. Schools may submit one entry in each competition category: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Entries are judged based on creativity, adherence to contest rules, and effective use of theme and logo.

First-place winners from each competition category receive $200 awarded to the sponsoring schools. All first-place winners are then eligible for a grand prize of a trophy and $600 awarded to the sponsoring school.

There is no entry fee for the contest. Participating school groups must submit a completed entry form online with up to three photos by Friday, March 16.

Contest rules, entry forms, logo, past contest entries and winners, and educational information are in the sidebar on the left.

2018 Trash Can Contest Entries


1st grade science class
Andrews Academy
finishing touches litter-put a lid on it we don't litter bags
Northwestwern R-1 School District
Students creating paper mache dalmation Finished Project Students presenting their project to the Willard Fire Department
Second Grade (entire grade level)
Willard North Elementary


Junior Beta
Greenville R-II
Minion Trash can
5th grade
Lesterville Schools
Third Grade
Logan-Rogersville Elementary
Environmental Club Environmental Club Environmental Club
Environmental Club
Marthasville Elementary
Students pose with their creation. Litterers Beware! Trashcan Mike.
Fourth Grade
Pleasant Hill Elementary School
Slide Into Recycling Slide Into Recycling Slide Into Recycling
Girl Scout Brownie
Pond Elementary
Trashman Trashcan TrashmanTrashcanpresentpic TrashmanTrashcan
PEGS North grades 1-5
Remington Traditional Elem. School
McKenzie's Class No More Trash McKenzie's Class  No More Trash 2
McKenzie's Class
Thayer Elementary
Burke's Class No More Trash Burke's Class  No More Trash 2
Burke's Class
Thayer Elementary
Young's Class No More Trash Young's Class  No More Trash 2
Young's Class
Thayer Elementary
Our trash can has found it's new home at school! We created our trash can at our Girl Scout meeting.
5th grade Junior Girl Scouts
Westridge Elementary


6th Grade Science
Bunceton High School
Festus' Flash-can entry Festus' Flash-can entry NoMOre Trash Festus' Flash-can enrty
Festus Middle School
Greevnille Elementary Beta
Greenville Elementary
Sixth Grade
Lutie School
Environmental Club
6th Grade Environmental Club
Marthasville Elementary
Students with Raider Trash Can North County Intermediate Raider Trash Can No MO Trash Poster  North County Intermediate
Performance Based Learning
North County Intermediate
2018 ND NOMOTRASH contest 2018 ND Group working on NOMOTRASH project 2018 ND Group working on NOMOTRASH project
7th Grade Geography Class
North Daviess R-III School
The future will be bitter Coffee mug students with their project Coffee mug that says "The future will be bitter is you litter" with the world on it and foam coming out of the top
Tribe Time
7th Grade Art
St. Elizabeth R-IV