Defeating trash with design

Students Vs. Trash is a poster design contest for college students that took place across New Jersey, New York, and Puerto Rico during the Spring 2012 semester. The contest encouraged students, faculty, and college communities to do their part to reduce waste, increase recycling, and get rid of litter.

Posters were judged on the following criteria: quality of design, creativity of message and design for chosen theme, relevance of message to chosen theme, inclusion of call to action and social media in poster language, and design justification.

Online voting to choose the winners took place from July 1 through September 30 and the three winners with the most points (one each from New Jersey, New York, and Puerto Rico) were announced at midnight on October 1.

Abby Legge, a junior Graphic Design and Writing & Rhetoric student at Syracuse University was named a “Top Trash Conqueror,” along with Brian Radomski (New Jersey) and Lourdes Echevarri (Puerto Rico).

“My favorite way to defeat trash on campus is to reuse old newspapers and paper sacks as gift wrap,” said Legge.

Students Vs. Trash posters are currently being displayed in Bird Library on a rotating basis. You can view all three winners’ designs here.

For more information about Students Vs. Trash, contact Project Manager Amanda Westerdahl at or Program Assistant Tara Baron at

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