Community members are invited to use their imagination and creative flair to transform an everyday curbside recycling cart into a work of art for the city’s cArt aRt competition, which promotes reusing and recycling household items. Residents, families, school groups, clubs, teams, church groups and other organizations are encouraged to participate in the competition, which is open now through Monday, March 24.

All cArt aRt submissions will be on display at Earth Arbor Day on Saturday, April 12. Winners will receive cash prizes in the following categories: Grand Prize $200; Most Creative $100; Best Local Flair $100; Best Green Theme $100; and Fan Favorite $50.

Artists must provide everything used in the art project, with the exception of the recycling cart, which can be painted or left natural.

Participants must complete an entry form before receiving the free container from Waste Management. Containers that once held hazardous waste products cannot be used in the competition, including used containers of paint, oil pesticides, cleaning products and chemicals.

All entries must be submitted between 9 and 10 a.m. at the Environmental Services booth at the city’s Earth Arbor Day event. The 2014 Earth Arbor Day celebration will be hosted at Central Park on Saturday, April 12, from 10-4p.m.

For more information on the cArt aRt competition or to obtain an entry form, contact Laura Jardine in the city’s Environmental Services Division at (661) 255-4367.