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​Five Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) will share $12,500 in prize money for trash dumpsters that were creatively painted by students to promote recycling in the community.

In the past two-years over one hundred CMS schools have signed-up to paint their recycling dumpsters in the Paint-a-Can contest. This year, each participating school received five quarts of paint and supplies to create recycling messages on the front of their trash dumpster. Winners were picked for the creativity of their themes and artistic talent.
The first-place prize of $5,000 went to the students of Northeast Middle School. Piedmont Open IB Middle School took the $3,000 second-place prize, and William A. Hough High School came in third, winning $2,000. Matthews Elementary School placed fourth winning $1,500 and Highland Creek Elementary School placed fifth winning $1,000.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three winning schools on June 5. The media are invited to attend the ceremony by requesting access through Jan Burlee, Mecklenburg County Senior Environmental Specialist at 704-336-3777 or

Awards Ceremony Schedule for June 5:

  • 8 a.m. Northeast Middle School, 5960 Brickstone Drive, Mint Hill
  • 2 p.m. Piedmont Middle School, 1241 East 10th Street, Charlotte
  • 3:15 p.m. Hough High School, 12420 Bailey Road, Cornelius
Mecklenburg County Solid Waste teamed-up with Coca-Cola Consolidated Bottling of Charlotte, Republic Services, Re-Community, and Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful to sponsor the contest.
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Contact: Rebecca Carter at 704-301-7618 or