Recycled Art Contest

On America Recycles Day, we recognize the importance of recycling and its impacts on both the environment and the economy. To celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15, Nevada Recycles sponsored a Creative Reuse Showcase!

Although we weren't able to do the Recycled Art Contest this year, Nevada Recycles still wants to encourage community members to repurpose recyclable materials and make them into something new and beautiful again. 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 we accepted submissions from creators from all over Nevada to see the many ways our community members are reusing their old items and diverting waste!

We left the creativity up to Nevadans this year and you did not disappoint. We saw submissions as simple and clever as making plastic spoons into retro earrings to plastic bag textile weaving to extremely complex and futuristic garage item robot heads! We have been so blown away.

Thank you to everyone that took the time to participate and celebrate the importance of upcycling and reusing. Below are some of the entries we got this year! Find more work on our Flickr page!

Adirondack chair made from wooden door
Adirondack chair made from wooden door, 2020
Plant hanger made from wire materials
Plant hanger made from spare wire, 2020


Coin purse made from juice carton
Coin purse made from juice carton, 2020
Wall hanging made from plastic bags
Wall hanging woven from plastic bags, 2020

Want to learn more about waste and sustainability related topics? The Nevada Recycles website has great resources on different waste topics, at-home learning links, waste curriculum, and staff is now available for virtual presentations. Contact our Outreach Coordinator, Skylar Jones at s.jones[at] for more information.