Students aim to "close the loop" of the three Rs — recycle, reduce and reuse — with attention-grabbing recycling bins at Toad Suck Daze.

Conway’s yearly festival generates a sizeable amount of waste, and Angela Howard, education coordinator for Conway Sanitation, said the city has a difficult time encouraging "clean recycling" during the three-day event.

"Toad Suck Daze brings a lot of people from out of town who are not aware of our recycling program," she said. "We fight every year to get the trash and recycling separated."

Howard and Cheryl Harrington, director of Faulkner County Solid Waste Management District, invited all county schools to participate in a Toad Suck Daze recycle bin decorating contest. Eighty entries were judged Tuesday by County Judge Preston Scroggin, Toad Suck Daze Chairman Mary Margaret Satterfield, Conway Mayor Tab Townsell and Robert Hunter, recycling manager with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.

Winner of the kindergarten through third-grade category was Tracy Lakey’s first-grade class at Woodrow Cummins Elementary School in Conway. The bin is decorated with recyclable materials that were painted to resemble rocks and toads.

Winner of the fourth- through sixth-grade category was Ms. Uekman’s fourth-grade class at Wooster Elementary. The bin is decorated as a toad in a grass skirt.

A bin decorated as The Lorax by Ms. Jorgensen’s kindergarten class at Conway Christian School won honorable mention.

A bin that did not win, but did not fail to impress the judges, was decorated to look like an eagle by sixth-graders at Vilonia Middle School.

Winning bins will be placed near trash receptacles during Toad Suck Daze. Other bins will be featured at a yet-to-be-determined location during the festival.

Toad Suck Daze is Thursday-Sunday, May 3-5, at Toad Suck Square in downtown Conway.

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