Nevada’s “Wearable Recyclables” art contest ends in style, and the winners are…

Eco-friendly fashion statements abound in Nevada! Hosted by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection’s (NDEP) Recycling Program, the 2019 Wearable Recyclables art contest ended in style, with fashionable masterpieces submitted by participants in all parts of Nevada. From kindergarteners to adults, Nevadans of all ages participated in the contest for a chance to win prizes, express their creativity, and support environmental sustainability.

NDEP’s Wearable Recyclables contest was sponsored by The Venetian Resort Las Vegas to help promote awareness about the importance of recycling, reusing materials, and reducing waste throughout the Silver State. The Venetian provided first, second, and third prizes ($250, $100 and $50 respectively) to winning participants in five categories: Kindergarten-Grade 5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Class/Group and Adult. Entries were ranked based on overall appearance, originality, workmanship, adherence to the theme, and creative use of recyclable material.

Thank you to all who participated, and congratulations to this year’s winners:


1st Place- Dustin M., Las Vegas – The Dark Light

2nd Place - Reed L., Las Vegas – Umbrella Pack

3rd Place – Adan B., Carson City – Caterpillar Shield


1st Place – Brady S., Las Vegas -- Battle Damaged Master Chief Helmet

2nd Place – Matthew A., Las Vegas – Boba Fett

3rd Place – Mariah T., Boulder City -- Recycle Bride


1st Place – Keila D., Las Vegas – Pizza Box Purse/Milk Gallon Hat

2nd Place – Callie T., Boulder City – Soda Pop Tab Belt

3rd Place – Lindsey B., Elko – Summer Fun


1st Place – Melody Van Camp, Ely – Salvaged Edge Dress
2nd Place – Mark Salinas, Carson City – Trapshoot Strand Necklace
3rd Place – Vanessa Maciel-Napoles, Las Vegas – Turquoise


1st Place – Alexia R., Jasmine O., and Alexandra R. of Las Vegas Day School– TEARable News
2nd Place – Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, Reno – The Garbage Gown: A Trashy Fashion
3rd Place – Kylie, Jade Ann, Thea, Mallory, Olivia, Kellan, Harper, Mateo, Yaretzy, Kennedy, Ryker, Emma of the Nate Mack E. S. STEAM Club (teacher Theresa Hermanny), Henderson – Recycled Fashionistas

The winning entries can be viewed on the Nevada Recycles here. NDEP would like to thank all of the judges for their time and support.  

Based on residential and commercial sector data, Nevadans and area tourists throw away approximately 6 pounds of trash, per person, per day; that means approximately four million tons of trash enters a Nevada landfill each year.

“Recycling is one of the easiest things we can do to save energy, conserve natural resources, and create green jobs,” said Pranav Jampani, Director of Sustainability for The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo.

To learn more about recycling in Nevada, please visit