The full 2017 Waste to Art Catalogue can be viewed here. This years Theme Waste was ‘Soft Plastics’. The aim is to challenge peoples’ perceptions about ‘rubbish’ and to celebrate the reuse and recycling of waste through arts and crafts. Waste to Art provides an innovative approach to waste education, invites schools and community groups to take up the challenge and create a new life for materials that would otherwise have been thrown away.
Congratulations to our 2016/17 Waste to Art Overall Winner, Allan Stanger from Dubbo NSW.
Allan’s amazing work is titled “EDGE OF EXTINCTION”.
Created from old telephone books. What do telephone books and amphibians have in common? They are both are on the Edge of an Extinction caused by change to their environment. Research has discovered 200 frog species are now extinct and hundreds more will be lost over the next century due to habitat destruction caused by deforestation. As frogs are the first species to suffer population decline if their environment changes in any way, researchers often refer to them as the as canaries in the coal mines. Phone book production significantly contributes to deforestation as about 5 million trees are cut down each year to make phones books. In our digital age, why are phone books not extinct? I created a frog out of phone books to raise awareness about endangered amphibians in the hope that people will opt-out of phone book delivery.
The region’s newest Community Recycling Centre (CRC) is open at Mudgee! The Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant MP, opened the new facility where local residents can now drop off any awkward household items including old paint, gas bottles, motor oils, fluoro lights, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and batteries. He congratulated the work of NetWaste, the EPA and Mid Western Regional Council to get the CRC operating.
It’s free to drop off these items and everything is really clearly marked at the centre. The waste items will then be safely disposed of or recycled. For example the lead, acid and plastic in lead acid batteries are recovered and recycled, keeping these materials out of our landfill.
The CRC is located at the Mudgee Waste Facility. For more information on opening hours visit Mid-Western Regional Council
The full 2016 Waste to Art Catalogue can be viewed here. The aim is to challenge peoples’ perceptions about ‘rubbish’ and to celebrate the reuse and recycling of waste through arts and crafts. Waste to Art provides an innovative approach to waste education, invites schools and community groups to take up the challenge and create a new life for materials that would otherwise have been thrown away.
Congratulations to our 2015/16 Waste to Art Overall Winner, Jack Fox of Condobolin.
Jacks’ amazing work is titled “Alzheimer’s”. It won the category for High School 3D and then went on to take out the overall winners prize. Jack describes his work as; “Hast du einen vogel”? is a German expression meaning ‘Are you crazy? or more literally ‘Do you have a bird in your brain’?. My work is a physical manifestation of this as it relates to, and explores the process and memory loss, as the bird flies away with the old