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Join CalTrans and the State of California in educating and inspiring Californians of all ages to take pride in the beauty of our outdoor areas and cleanliness of public roadways by using your creativity and voice for your generation through a litter prevention multimedia piece.


Eligible entries:

  • Posters, original artwork,
  • 30 second or less videos, and
  • Still graphics that can be used on social media

Winners organized by grade level will be announced in Spring 2024


K-12 students from public, charter, private and home schools across California are invited to enter to win a ______ student prize and school prize for a statewide litter prevention multimedia contest. Entries must incorporate Clean California’s “Zero Litter is the Goal” tagline.


  • Prize winners will require a parent or guardian permission slip to receive their prize

  • Students can submit one entry per person

  • Students must live and attend K-12 school in California. Public, private, charter, and homeschools are eligible

  • Entries must be original content with no copyright infringement

  • Entries can be hand drawn artwork, multimedia graphics, or videos that are 30 seconds or less

  • Entries must include the tagline “Zero Litter is the Goal”

  • A winner will be selected for grades K-3, 4-6, 7-8 and 9-12. A grand prize winner will then be selected.

  • Winners from each group will receive a _______ and the grand prize winner will receive __________. Schools where each winner attends will receive _________.

  • Grand prize winning entry will be displayed in the State Capitol building and at the CalTrans headquarters.

  • Winning entries will be used for a statewide litter prevention campaign to spread awareness to Californians of all ages

  • Winners will be selected by a blind panel of industry stakeholders

  • Students are encouraged to post their entries on their personal and school social media pages using the hashtag #CleanCalifornia to help spread awareness about litter prevention to their peers

  • Supplemental educational activities and lesson plans can be found online at https://cleancalifornia.dot.ca.gov

  • Students must include a 500 word or less write-up about their project, including sources used and any additional plans or ideas to address litter at their school and in their community

Download a Rules Flyer

Clean California Art and Video Entry Form


Recycled Materials Art Entry Photos

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Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, pdf, Max. file size: 128 MB, Max. files: 5.
    Upload up to 5 Images of your Recycled Materials Art entries. Must be jpg, gif, png, or pdf format and less than 128MB.
    Accepted file types: txt, doc, docx, odt, pdf, Max. file size: 512 MB.
    Document must be in .txt, .doc, .docx, .odt, or .pdf format.

    Recycling Video Entry

    Add your video entry to an online platform such as Youtube or Vimeo, or Google Drive and enter the link to submit your Recycling related video.
    Note: If you are also using the litter mapping app your litter mapping data entries will be submitted automatically when you complete and submit litter data survey via the app.
    This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


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