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April 1, 2022

Video: Rubbish is reborn as ‘Trash Art’ in unique contest

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Bottle tops, face masks and dog hair — these are all items usually destined for the dumpster. But UW Recycling came up with a unique contest that takes waste from garbage to gallery. The “Trash Art Contest,” now in its third year, asks participants to envision another life for our non-recyclable rubbish as pieces of art.

Participants were asked to create art pieces from items normally thought of as trash, or construct a literary piece about waste. The artists’ statements and their creations reflect feelings or ideas about waste, or a sustainability topic that relates to waste. The categories this year include literature, 2D art and 3D art. The contest is open to all UW students, faculty and staff.

Learn more about the five 2022 Trash Art Contest winners from UW Recycling.