Rochester Comm. Schools fifth grader “slam dunk” winner in 2016 Oakland County NoHaz poster contest

A Rochester Community Schools fifth grade student was chosen as the winner of the 2016 NoHaz poster contest for his basketball-themed entry that illustrated the safe and responsible way to dispose of household hazardous waste.

Domenic Bruno, a student at North Hill Elementary School, called his entry “Slam Dunk the Junk.” It was chosen from among more than 250 entries submitted by elementary schools in Orion Township, Rochester, Rochester Hills and Waterford Township.

“It is impressive to see the depth of knowledge these students have regarding recycling and the proper disposal of household hazardous waste,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “They really do a great job of telling the story. I congratulate them, and their teachers and their parents, for instilling in them the importance of being responsible stewards of our environment.”

The winning artwork was incorporated into the 2016 NoHaz publicity posters, which are on display throughout the 17 member municipalities of the NoHaz Consortium. The consortium initiated the art contest to educate and engage students about the importance of recycling and proper disposal. Bruno received a gift card and award certificate, as did several other finalists. All students who entered received a NoHaz certificate of appreciation.

The NoHaz Consortium provides residents with a safe and responsible means for the disposal of household hazardous waste. Collection events are scheduled throughout the season.

“These collection events demonstrate the commitment and understanding our residents have to being environmental responsible and ensuring our communities remain great places to live, work and play,” Patterson said.

The 2016 collection events are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following Saturdays:

  • April 30 at Oxford Middle School, 1420 Lakeville Road, Oxford
  • May 21 at North Sashabaw Elementary School, 5290 Maybee Road, Clarkston
  • June 11 at Oakland University, Parking Lots 35, 37, in Rochester
  • Sept. 10 at Oakland Community College Highland Lakes Campus, 7350 Cooley Lake Road, Waterford
  • Oct. 15 at Wildwood Amphitheater, 2700 Joslyn Court, Orion Township

NoHaz member communities are Addison Township, Clarkson, Groveland Township, Independence Township, Lake Angelus, Lake Orion, Leonard, Oakland Township, Orion Township, Oxford Township, Oxford, Pontiac, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Rose Township, Springfield Township and Waterford Township. Visit for more details on NoHaz or the collection events.