The Howard County Department of Public Works’ Bureau of Environmental Services and County Executive Ken Ulman recently announced the winners of the 2013 Recycling Coloring Book Contest.

Sponsored by the bureau’s recycling division, the contest was open to all third-, fourth- and fifth-graders in the county, who were encouraged to promote the idea of “reduce, reuse, recycle” in their art. The entries were judged on creativity, originality and appropriateness for a coloring book.

The winners are Kate Rossmark of Atholton Elementary School, Varshini Suresh of Bellows Springs Elementary School, Olivia Davis and Neha Rehman of Bollman Bridge Elementary School, Maya Classon of Bryant Woods Elementary School, Zoe Gonzalez of Bushy Park Elementary School, Jocelyn Baker, Gabriela Ramos Benavides, Marley Cosgrove, Eunice Kim and Taylor Leonard of Dayton Oaks Elementary School, Nishtha Gupta of Forest Ridge Elementary School, Ally Kolp and Kate Plunkett of Northfield Elementary School, and Abbas Bharmal of Worthington Elementary School.

Jocelyn Baker, of Bushy Park, also had her drawing selected for the cover of the coloring book.

“We have some amazingly talented students in Howard County who are also very dedicated to making our Earth a cleaner, healthier place to live,” Ulman said in a release announcing the winners. “They practice the three R’s — reduce, reuse, recycle — at school and at home, and are doing their part to help protect the environment.”

Beginning this month, the coloring books will be available for free at the offices of the Bureau of Environmental Services at 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive. The books will also be available at select public events throughout the year.