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Brightening the WORLD!

Announcing our Earth Day Coloring Contest Winners!

By keeping the environment clean & green through proper waste management, you too can do your part for the planet!

Winners Age 5-7

By Rishaan P.
By Rishaan P.
1st Place

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By Wells M.
By Wells M.
2nd Place

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By Wyatt B.
By Wyatt B.
3rd Place

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Winners Age 8-10

By Advika S.
By Advika S.
1st Place

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By Sara Isabella C.
By Sara Isabella C.
2nd Place

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By Ansley P.
By Ansley P.
3rd Place

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Let's Celebrate Earth Day!

Support our pollinators - Clean up plastic in your neighborhood or park - Swap out your kitchen and household products -  Stop pesticides and chemicals in the garden - Lets work together to make our planet healthier!  Below are some ideas of ways you can make this Earth Day a green one.

Did you know?

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac,  "the first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, when San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson separately asked Americans to join in a grassroots demonstration. Dealing with dangerously serious issues concerning toxic drinking water, air pollution, and the effects of pesticides, an impressive 20 million Americans—10% of the population—ventured outdoors and protested together."

Green Crafts
Paper Plate Earth Day Craft
Paper Plate Earth Day Craft

Paper Plate, Blue Paint, Green Crepe Paper (tissue or construction paper will work as well), White Cardstock, Black Marker, Googly Eyes, Scissors, Glue


Paint paper plate blue

Cut pieces of crepe paper and glue to paper plate. Remind the kids that Earth is made of more water than land

Glue googly eyes to the plate and draw a mouth and any other facial features your child may want with a marker

Cut 4 strips of white paper. I cut 2 longer and wider for the legs. Accordion fold the strips of paper and glue or tape the back of the paper plate so that your earth has arms and legs

Credit: The Resourceful Mama

Earth Day Seed Bombs Craft
Earth Day Seed Bombs

Colored paper (blue, white and green), Packets of wildflower seeds, Water, Bowls, Blender


Start by tearing the paper and putting into three separate bowls. Cover with water and leave to absorb for about half and hour.

A grown-up is needed for the next step - put one colour of paper into a blender and blitz thoroughly until it forms a wet pulp. If you find it doesn't blend very well you can always add a little more water. Do this for each of the colours and put them in separate bowls. The mixture might try to separate a little but don't worry, you can always squeeze out any excess water.

Tip your seed mixture into the blue bowl and mix thoroughly.

Scoop up a small amount of the blue pulp and seed mixture (around the size of a large marble) and form it into balls

Take smaller pieces of the green and white pulp and press them into the surface to create the contents and ice caps. To give them and even finish, roll the balls gently between the palms of your hands.

You can plat your seed bombs in the ground straight away, just make sure you follow the instructions on the seed packets. If you need to wait to plant them, you can leave them to dry, just make sure you give them a good soak when it comes to planting time!

Credit: How We Play and Learn

Make an Earth Day Collage Craft
Make an Earth Day Collage

Cardboard, 10 inch cardboard cake board, Magazines, Pencil, Glue, Mini wooden sticks (optional), Paper tag with "This is Me" written on it


Start by cutting out a piece of cardboard for your background, about 12 inches by 14 inches.

For our circle we used a cardboard cake board, but you could also just cut a circle out of a cardboard that is about 10 inches in diameter

Use your pencil to freehand part of the wold onto your circle. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Kids can even look at a map and do this step themselves.

Look through several old magazines and tear out pages that have lots of black, green and blue on them.

To start our collage, trace your circle Earth onto your cardboard background then remove it. Tear little pieces of the black colored magazine pages and glue them around our cardboard backing, leaving the circle empty in the middle to put your Earth on.

Credit: I Heart Crafty Things

Green Books To Read

Check out your local library, or trade books with a friend! Here are some ideas:

Earth Day Green Smoothie Recipe
Earth Day, Every Day
by Lisa Bullard
Earth Day Green Smoothie Recipe
Compost Stew
by Mary McKenna Siddals
Earth Day Green Smoothie Recipe
Michael Recycle
by Ellie Bethel
Earth Day Green Smoothie Recipe
Why Should I Recycle?
By Jen Green
Earth Day Green Smoothie Recipe
Fancy Nancy: Every Day is Earth Day
by Jane O’Connor
Earth Day Green Smoothie Recipe
by Victoria Kann
Earth Day Green Smoothie Recipe
Oh Say Can You Seed?
By Bonnie Worth
Green Activities
Get outside and enjoy Mother Earth!
Go for a hike!
Check local websites for a list of trails in your area. Use search words like "hiking trails or city/county parks near me"
Trash Clean-up!
Grab a trash bag and some gloves and take a walk around your neighborhood and beautify your local roads
Explore your town by bike!
Use key words like "Bike paths near me" to search for areas to explore by two wheels
Create a composting pile!
Check out this link for more information on how to compost at home
The link will take you to a site with more than 20 ideas of bird feeders you can make with items you likely already have at home!
Use a free printable to do an Earth Day Scavenger hunt in your own backyard!
Plant seeds for pollinators in your area!
Check out the information below from Pollinator Partnership
What Are Pollinators? Birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals, and most importantly, bees are pollinators. They visit flowers to drink nectar or feed off pollen and transport pollen grains as they move from spot to spot.
Why Is Habitat Creation For Pollinators Important? Improved pollinator habitats can increase the presence of native pollinators on working vegetable, fruit, and grain farmland. This can improve farm viability and climate change resilience. Climate change is causing more frequent and erratic weather extremes, such as drought and intense rain events.
Learn More About Pollination by watching this video:
Do you know What to Plant for Pollinators In Your State? Visit the link below!
Conservation Tips
Here is a list of ideas for ways you can practice conservation from howstuffworks:
Conserve Water
Be Car-conscious
Walk, Bike or take Public Transit
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Switch to LEDs
Live Energy Wise
Eat Sustainable Foods
Plant a Tree
Give Up Plastics

Official Contest Rules & Regulations

  • This coloring contest is a fun way to engage children on Earth Day. This contest is intended for children ages 5-10 who are split into two age categories. Coloring pages per age category can be downloaded from the Meridian Waste website.

  • There will be three (3) winners per age category (placed 1st, 2nd & 3rd); six (6) winners total. Winners will be chosen by Meridian Waste staff and announced on the website on April 22, 2024, by NOON EDT.

  • This is a skill-based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of winning.

  • NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase will not increase your odds of winning.

  • Contest entry begins March 1, 2024 at 12:00 PM EDT, and ends April 15, 2024 at 11:59 PM EDT.

  • To enter, print out one of the PDF coloring sheets that are located at and color it in using any medium you'd like. Upload your entry via the submission form linked below the coloring sheets.  Entry must be received by Meridian Waste no later than 11:59 PM EDT on April 15, 2024, by website submission. No other method of entry will be accepted.

  • Contact and address information collected will be used for the purposes of this contest only and will not be used for marketing or other purposes.

  • Limit one (1) entry per person. All entries must be original and entirely created by the entrant. There are no restrictions on what an entrant can use to color the image.

  • Three (3) winners in the 5-7 age group; three (3) winners in the 8-10 age group will be announced on the company website on April 22, 2024. We will contact the winners’ parents or legal guardians on or after April 22, 2024, using the preferred contact number that is listed on the form. 

  • All entries become the property of Meridian Waste and Meridian Waste is granted the permission to publish the artwork with the child’s first name, last name initial, and city/state for appropriate media distribution including general press releases promoting and announcing the contest or future contests.

  • Winners agree to share a picture of the child to accompany the winning artwork.

  • Non-compliance or return of prize notification as undeliverable, whether by email or telephone, may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate potential winner. In the event of insufficient entries for an age group, a winner may not be chosen for that age group.

  • Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

  • Meridian Waste employees’ children and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter.

  • Copying, tracing, and electronically generated artwork will be disqualified.

  • Meridian Waste is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected entries, or incomplete/incorrect entries.

  • By participating, Contest entrants: (1) represent that they have complied with these Official Contest Rules; (2) have received parental consent and grant Meridian Waste the right to use his or her name, city, and state (3) release Meridian Waste from any and all liability in connection with this Contest.

  • This contest is open to all children in the United States. At this time, Meridian Waste is unable to award prizes to those located outside of the United States.

  • There is no cash value or monetary prize associated with this contest.

  • All submissions must be uploaded to with file formats of a JPG or PDF. All submissions must be completed by a parent or guardian age 18+ with correct contact information. No information will be sold or used for any purpose outside of the contest.

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