SARASOTA - The event featured an art contest with crafts made from art materials recycled by local students, dumpster painting and activities to promote reducing and re-using to better keep the environment. 

"Some of the activities today include vendors that are here showcasing their products, we've got representatives from Sarasota County, city of Sarasota, city of Venice talking about their recycling programs," Sarasota County Solid Waste's Wendi Crisp said.