This program takes environmental awareness education to a hands-on level that starts at home. Items that would ordinarily be disposed of as trash can be adapted for re-use as materials for a meaningful art project. Some schools and organizations have opted to conduct an art competition or create a gallery display.
Youth and families have the opportunity to sharpen their skills through recycling, recognizing opportunities for re-use, and making wise choices about consumption at the time of purchase. When it is necessary to purchase non-recyclable items, extending their usefulness reduces the burden on landfills.
Advance planning is needed to allow time for organizing the activity and gathering appropriate materials.