As part of an effort to help the City of Melrose implement a new ordinance restricting the use of thin-film plastic bags, the Melrose Recycling Committee is inviting high school-age students to submit designs for a “Bring Your Own” Bag poster contest.
The Recycling Committee says that it needs a poster to remind residents to “BYO” Bag when they shop. Melrose has a new law, effective July 1, that is designed to encourage residents to switch to reusable shopping bags by limiting the availability of plastic checkout bags. While most residents have reusable bags already, they need to develop the habit of bringing their own bags when they shop.
Entries will be judged on:
1. How effectively the design reminds/persuades people to bring reusable shopping bags.
2. How well the design reflects the local community
According to the Recycling Committee, the ideal poster design should be “simple and memorable, and should reflect Melrose community pride.” The committee strongly recommends that entries consider using the phrases “Bring Your Own Bag” and “BYOBag” in their designs. The BYOBag Melrose logo is also a desirable element, but not required.
The winning design will be used for both print and digital display. The typical poster size will be 8.5 x 11 inches and will be displayed in store windows and on bulletin boards around the city. It will also be produced at a large size for display in the City Hall kiosk. The design will also be used in emails and social media posts.
The winning design will be selected by a panel that includes members of the Recycling Committee and representatives from the local business community. The committee is limiting that each participating student to only one entry. Entries must be two-dimensional only. Any medium may be used –paint, pencil, etc.–provided the entry is submitted as a print-ready PDF file. By submitting an entry, all contestants agree to give the Melrose Recycling Committee unlimited use of the design with no time limitation.
Prize: First prize will receive $100.
Eligibility: Students in Grades 9-12 who either reside in Melrose or are enrolled in Melrose High School.
Timeline: The deadline to submit entries is April 1, 2018. The winner will be announced April 15, 2018.
How to submit:
• Email a print-ready PDF file to MelroseRecyclingCommittee@gmail.com.
• Your poster design should not include your name or other identifying information. Judging will be blind.
• Include your name, email address, and telephone number in the email message. Please include in the email message your grade and school attended.