2021 Trash to Art Winners Announced

RethinkWaste is excited to announce the winners of its ninth annual “Trash to Art” Contest, which was open to all 3rd through 5th grade students in the RethinkWaste service area. The contest challenged students to build a piece of art from normally discarded materials collected at home, school, and around the community.

The student artists submitted original creations, ranging from intricate collages and detailed models to fully functional games and tools! We received over 80 entries, making it very difficult to narrow down to just three winners, and so we have three Honorable Mention winners as well. All winners were recognized by RethinkWaste Staff and the Board of Directors at a virtual Trash to Art Recognition event on Saturday, April 17th.

The winners and their respective cities and schools are listed below:

First Place
Cooper D, 5th grade, Hoover Elementary, Burlingame for “King and Queen of Trash”

Second Place
Amen Y., 4th grade, LEAD Elementary, San Mateo for “Paper Pinch Pot”

Third Place
Cassidy L., 5th grade, Nueva School, Hillsborough for “Geometric Bee”

Honorable Mention
Taisei M., 5th grade, Roosevelt Elementary, Burlingame for “Re-think Bottles”

Honorable Mention
Ella C., 5th grade, Roosevelt Elementary, Burlingame for “Eco House”

Honorable Mention
Justin T., 3rd grade, White Oaks Elementary, San Carlos for “Virus Slayer Helmet”

In addition to being acknowledged during the Trash to Art Recognition video call, the winning students will receive special recognition at upcoming City Council meetings in their respective cities.

Finally, as a reward for their creative efforts, 1st to 3rd place contest winners will receive a gift card to a fun destination of their choice.