Artists throughout Nevada Bring New Life to Recyclables

In celebration of America Recycles Day, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection’s Nevada Recycles program partnered with the Las Vegas Sands Corp. in a statewide recycled art contest to raise awareness of and interest in recycling.

More than 100 artists statewide, ranging from students in kindergarten through 12th grade to adults, submitted photos of their artwork composed of recyclable materials. Entries included a diversity of innovative designs and imaginative artwork using materials such as tires, electronics, appliances, plastic bags, bottles, batteries, discarded paper, cardboard and aluminum cans.

Entries were judged based on overall appearance, originality, workmanship and use of recyclable material. The winners are:

1st – Paper Dog (Andrea Lopez, Las Vegas)
2nd – Plastic Bag Princess (Ava Kronenberg, Elko)
3rd – Maui Rainbow Tree (Brayden Stidham, Henderson)

1st – U.S.S. Dingymahathia (Rajeev Jayaweera, Las Vegas)
2nd – Chaos (Jace Ricciuti, Las Vegas)
3rd – Recyclebot (Ty Carlson, Las Vegas)

1st – City by the Sea (Ronald Lazaro, Fernley)
2nd – Hollow Peacock (Macario Mendoza, West Wendover)
3rd – Untitled Cans (Michael Connors, Sparks)

1st -Trumpeteer (Michael Davies, Las Vegas)
2nd – Reintroduce Coin Contest (Angie Morelli, Las Vegas)
3rd – Wonka, Ace Ventura, Bowie (Carina Arriaga, Las Vegas)
4th – (HM) Happy Basket (Bonnie Kennedy, Reno)

1st – Plastic Footprint Project (Teacher/advisor: Ms. Clark, Incline HS, Incline Village)
2nd -Untitled Skull (Teacher/advisor: Ms. Donaghy, Reed HS, Sparks)
3rd – AmeriCAN Flag (Teacher/advisor: Ms. Needham, 6th and 7th grade, Reno Christian Academy, Reno)
4th – (HM) Elementary Artists Ahead of Their Time (Teacher/advisor: Ms. Moriss, 2nd grade, Andrew J. Mitchell Elementary, Boulder City)

All Contest entries may be viewed on the Nevada Recycles program Flickr page

In 2013, Nevada’s recycling rate was 25%. Nevadans (including the tourist population) throw away about 5.7 pounds of trash, per person, per day. That’s about three million tons of trash going to a landfill every year.

“It’s exciting that our first statewide recycled art contest attracted such an impressive collection of creative artwork. We hope that the contest has helped to inspire Nevadans, both young and old, to make recycling a way of life,” said Rene Braña, Sustainability Manager for Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s Global Sustainability Strategy, Eco 360°.