Turning Trash Into Art

RethinkWaste is encouraging local students to create art using materials that would have otherwise been garbage.


Calling all artists in the fourth through sixth grades!

RethinkWaste is asking students and teachers to give trash a new meaning through creative reuse with its "Trash to Art" Contest.

The contest is open to all fourth through sixth grade classes in the RethinkWaste service area.

“The Trash to Art Contest encourages students to create an art piece or reusable item using materials that would have otherwise been garbage,” Faustina Mututa, RethinkWaste Environmental Education Coordinator, said in a statement.

“It is a great class project, fostering teamwork in students and we are excited to see the inspiring art pieces that they create,” Mututa said.

The art pieces must be made as a class effort, and 90 percent of the art must be made from waste materials collected at home, school and everyday life.

All mediums of artwork are encouraged, including sculptures, collages and murals, among others.

Artwork must be submitted by 5 p.m. on March 15 to the Environmental Education Center at the Shoreway Environmental Center, 333 Shoreway Road, San Carlos.

Winning art pieces will be announced on April 5 and recognized at the RethinkWaste Earth Day event on April 20.

Art pieces will also be displayed at the Environmental Education Center as part of an educational exhibit. Prizes will be awarded to a class, not individually.

Prizes include:

First Place:

  • $500
  • Special recognition event
  • Private tour of Shoreway

Second Place:

  • $250
  • Private tour of Shoreway

Third Place

  • $150

Fourth Place

  • $100


For complete contest rules and entry form, visit www.RethinkWaste.org or send an email to tours@rethinkwaste.org.

Lionel Emde January 27, 2013 at 05:37 AM
Uh, "Rethinkwaste" is a part of Recology, a profit-making corporation engaged in extracting money from residents they collect garbage from. Why didn't the story clearly identify that?
Me January 28, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Bzzzzzzzzzz RethinkWaste is a joint powers authority of twelve public agencies (Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, the County of San Mateo and the West Bay Sanitary District) in San Mateo County, California
Pearl January 29, 2013 at 12:49 PM
I think it's great that the kids have a fun project to raise money for their class. I didn't see ANYTHING negative about this article. I like it. :)


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