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One man’s trash is another man’s prize

26 March, 2015

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has today congratulated Bec Peart and Martin Pedder, the winners of the 2014 Recycling Art Competition.

Cr Quirk said the Coorparoo artists received the highest number of votes out of 14 finalists since voting began in February, for their creation ‘Octopus Garden’.

“Peart and Pedder used an unwanted pile of household objects including wrought iron chairs, a wooden TV cabinet, bike parts and a birdcage to create a life-size octopus,” Cr Quirk said.

“This is an eye-catching piece of art and a fantastic example of what can be achieved with pre-loved homewares and hardware, essentially turning one person’s trash into another’s treasure.

“The artists created their works from recycled treasures found at Council’s tip shops and other second-hand stores and I would like to congratulate all of the finalists on their efforts.

Cr Quirk said the competition is a unique way to encourage everyone in Brisbane to rethink their rubbish.

“By rethinking our rubbish like these artists have, we can all help to achieve Council’s goal of making a cleaner, greener city,” he said.

“In 2013/14 Council salvaged over 300 tonnes, which is more than 37 garbage trucks full, of unwanted household items from the tip, which really demonstrates what a cleaner, greener Brisbane is all about – recycling and reducing landfill.

“I congratulate the winners of the 2014 Recycling Art Competition and thank all of the entrants for encouraging us to rethink our rubbish with their creativity and resourcefulness.”

Council’s tip shops have diverted more than 900 tonnes of reusable items from landfill since they began operating in 2010 and continue to raise money for the Endeavour Foundation, which runs the shops at Acacia Ridge and Geebung.

The Brisbane Tip Shop is a waste minimization initiative run by Council and operated by Endeavour Foundation. Brisbane’s two tip shops are located at: 46 Colebard Street West, Acacia Ridge and 27A Prosperity Terrace, Geebung. Opening hours are 8am – 4pm every Saturday and Sunday only.

Residents can find out more about Council’s waste and resource recovery facilities and services by downloading the free Brisbane Bin and Recycling app from the App Store or Google Play.

[Ends] MARCH 26, 2015

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