Recycled Art Contest

The annual Nevada Recycled Art Contest works to encourage community members to repurpose recyclable materials to make art. While recycling is good, reducing and reusing are even better ways to manage waste. Creativity can help reduce the amount of waste that is sent to the landfill, which is why every year during October we accept submissions from artists all over Nevada to see the many creative ways you can make art from trash. 

Judging and Prizes

Entry Categories:

  • Grades K-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
  • Class or Group
  • Adult

Winners in each category will be selected by a jury and announced in November for America Recycles Day, November 15th

Cash prizes in each category:

  • 1st place: $250
  • 2nd place: $100
  • 3rd place: $50

Prizes are possible due to a generous sponsorship by The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas.

Contest Details

  • Entries due October 17.
  • Must be a Nevada resident to enter
  • Projects must be made from used materials such as paper, bottles, cans, bags, utensils, containers, packaging, etc. May include repurposed textiles.
  • Entry is online with photos to ensure statewide access for all interested artists.
  • Entries will be posted to the Nevada Recycles Flickr page

How to Submit Your Art

  1. Take up to two photos of your artwork. You may also take a “before” photo of the materials you used to create your art.
  2. Download our entry form HERE and save it as a file on your computer using your last name & entry category (EX: smith_K-5.pdf).
  3. Open the file you saved on your computer using Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  4. Fill out all of the form fields and save the file again. You should submit the photos of your art on page two of the entry form.
  5. Upload completed entry form and photos to our online file system.

Note: Some web browsers have trouble processing this form. To make sure your entry is processed correctly, please use Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free online.

Past Contests

Go to our flickr page to view more past entries.

"Imagine School Bus" by Ms. Scott's 5th grade class
at 100 Academy of Excellence in Las Vegas

Photos should be submitted in the space available on page 2 of the Entry Form.


"The Octopus" by Aayan P.
"Midway: In Memoriam" by Jodi S.


"King of the Trash" by Jose G. 
"Resilient Nature" by Marian R.