PET Recycling Pilot Video Contest

 Calling El Paso County High School Students

Are you an El Paso County high school student interested in sustainability, video production, and/or winning $150?

About the Competition:

Produce a video that tells the story of PET thermoforms (plastic type #1: tubs, clamshell containers for fruit and baked goods) and promotes the PET Recycling Pilot at El Paso Sam’s Clubs for a chance to win $150 per team member, up to three team members. 

About the Pilot:

Texan by Nature and Texans for Clean Water have launched a 6-month recycling pilot in partnership with El Paso Sam’s Clubs. The project is designed to make the case for circularity in the plastics supply chain and better understand how to incentivize recycling. PET Pilot Recycling participants will have the option to get 10 cents per recycled item back to their bank account or donate the money to these El Paso non-profits.

Full competition timeline, rules, parental consent form, and resources about PET thermoforms and the PET Recycling Pilot: PET Thermoform Recycling Video Contest


As part of our project, we want to partner with El Paso County high school students like YOU to help us tell the story of what PET thermoforms are, why it is important to recycle them, and how people can participate in the PET Recycling Pilot in El Paso. We hope you will join us in taking care of Texas! The top 4 winning teams will receive $150 per participant. Read the timeline and rules below.

Full competition timeline, rules, parental consent form, and resources about PET thermoforms and the PET Recycling Pilot: PET Thermoform Recycling Video Contest

Competition Timeline:

  • August 5: Video Contest Opens – there will be just over 4 weeks to film, submit, and market videos to gain views
  • Participants are encouraged to upload their video to YouTube as soon as possible and market the video via social media, email, etc. to gain views on YouTube. YouTube viewership is taken into consideration for scoring.
  • September 9: Videos Due – ALL participants must complete THIS GOOGLE FORM to enter the contest. 
  • Parents/guardians of ALL participants must complete the consent forms
  • Only one participant from each team (if applicable), must upload the video and provide the YouTube link
  • September 16: Get your final video views in! At this date, final viewership numbers from YouTube will be tallied and taken into consideration for scoring.
  • Texan by Nature will review all the submitted videos and select winners.
  • September 18: Winners notified of selection
  • DATE TBD: Award Announcement


The top 4 winning teams will receive $150 per participant, up to 3 team members.



Eligibility: El Paso County high-school students—whether from the public, charter, or private schools or homeschooled—are eligible to participate. Applicants must be current residents of Texas, must be enrolled in 9th through 12th grade as of August 2022, and must comply with these Official Rules.

  • Teams may be composed of 1 to 3 members. 
  • Team members may be from different grades and different schools. 
  • A student can only be a member of ONE team.
  • Teams are allowed to only submit ONE video.
  • Videos may be in English or Spanish.

Video Themes & Content:

The video MUST showcase/explain one of the following themes. 

  • What is a PET thermoform?
  • How are PET thermoforms made?
  • How are PET thermoforms recycled?
  • Why is it important to recycle PET thermoforms?

The video MUST include “Learn more at at the end of the video.

Length & Format:

  • Video MUST be 60 seconds or less. 
  • The minimum format MUST be 1280*1080. 
  • The file format MUST be .mov (mp4) and the video file MUST be labeled with the student’s first and last name


  • Video must be original work created by the contest participant. Participants may receive guidance from a teacher, parent, or guardian.
  • Video must not contain any copyrighted materials. All video and music content must be original and royalty free or the participant must submit written permission (see reference sheet at end of document) from the copyright holder granting use of the copyrighted material. Any video containing copyrighted materials without granted permission of use may be disqualified.
  • No obligation or liability is assumed by Texan by Nature or Texans for Clean Water in connection with the contest.
  • All submitted videos are owned by Texan by Nature. Winners and their parents or guardians agree to the use of the winners’ names and likenesses to promote the PET Thermoform Recycling Pilot Project.

Submitting Your Video:

  • Review this document in its entirety before submitting your video
  • Videos must be submitted on or before 5:00 p.m. MT on September 9, 2022.
  • Students are encouraged to submit their videos early to avoid being disqualified due to uploading errors.
  • Late entries will not be accepted.
  • Submit at THIS GOOGLE FORM and ensure your parent or guardian completes the parental consent forms/waivers