2021 Trash Art Contest winners get creative for the environment

trash art contest 2021 first place winning art pieces

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.

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

compacted cardboard

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

person cutting vegetables

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: