2021 Trash Art Contest winners get creative for the environment

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Winners of the 2021 Trash Art Contest express impacts on the environment through written and sculpted art pieces.

Garbage may not be the most ideal art material, but it combines conservation and art creation to achieve profound results.

This can be seen firsthand in the submissions from this year’s art contest.  From a one-act play about a sustainably-minded couple to a net made from plastic envelopes, each art piece shows how art can shift perceptions of waste.

Learn about waste reduction during Campus Race to Zero Waste

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Campus Race to Zero Waste (CRZW), formerly RecycleMania, starts this week at the University of Washington. For the ninth year, the UW will be participating in the friendly recycling competition between colleges and universities. As part of CRZW, UW Recycling is organizing activities to focus on plastic waste reduction. Here are some ways you can get involved.

What makes something recyclable? Follow these 4 S’s to recycle properly

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You’re probably already familiar with the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.  And when we think about if something can be recycled, we usually think of the material as the main factor. Paper, check. Metal, check. Glass, check. Easy! Well, we’d love it if it was that easy. What determines if an item can be successfully recycled is actually more complicated. This is why recycling can seem so confusing.

Eating plastic free: a recipe for avoiding plastic

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Post by Gabrielle Coeuille, UW Recycling Waste Diversion & Reduction Intern

When we go to the grocery store, it’s hard to avoid plastic. From produce, to meat, to dairy - packaging is everywhere. Plastic has become so entwined with our food system that it is hard to remember a time when all your seasonal berries didn’t come in a carton that lasts practically forever. So I asked myself this question:

Trash-y Entertainment: a summertime tradition

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Check Out UW Recycling’s Top Movie and Book Recommendations

For many of us, physical distancing means some more time on our hands. That means we have more time to read and watch new things! The UW Recycling team has put together a list of books and movies we love that teaches us more about the world of waste. Best of all, they are (nearly) all available with a Netflix account, library card, or flat out free!