Waste to Art

Blue Mountains was awarded first prize in the Community 3D category, at the Regional Waste To Art Community Exhibition. The exhibition featured about 120 artworks, from 14 NetWaste councils, that were all made from everyday rubbish.

The winning Blue Mountains artwork was a collaborative community art project made by weaving together discarded fabric and soft plastics to make a powerful owl’s nest.

The regional exhibition at the Malachi Gilmore Hall, Oberon, will run until 17 August 2019. The Blue Mountains Community art work will then be featured at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre from 7 September 2019.

Waste to Art aims to encourage the whole community  to rethink their own waste and promote a low waste lifestyle. By taking action to Reduce, Reuse and Repair over buying new, it saves resources like water and energy that go into manufacturing new items. Our collective efforts do make a difference and also help threatened species like the Powerful-Owl which is found across the Blue Mountains in old growth forests.

Waste to Art is an initiative of NetWaste, a voluntary local government waste network with 28 member councils across regional NSW.

The winner of the Waste to Art Facebook competition was Eliana Echeverria, from Springwood.  Eliana, who moved to the Blue Mountains in 2018, won an iPad mini for her pledge to “grow my favourite herbs and salad greens”. Springwood’s Margaret Hickey also won a 10 pass visit to the Springwood Aquatic & Fitness Centre and Blaxland’s Cath Gordon won a Blue Mountains Theatre & Hub gift voucher.

Love Food Hate Waste

In 2017 we ran a number of free Love Food Hate Waste workshops throughout the mountains.

These workshops provided guidance on meal planning, using leftovers, storing food correctly as well as demystifying composting.

At the time EPA data showed us that on average $1000 is being lost on food waste by every household every year. New figures recently released now estimate this to be closer $4000 each year which is a staggering amount. Visit lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au an EPA run resource for tips, ideas and downloads on reducing food waste and saving money in your home.

Stay tuned for details of new workshop dates, here and on our Facebook page.


We enjoyed having so many visitors at our stalls at Springwood Growers Market and Glenbrook Fine Foods Market last year. It was great to hear how passionate so many residents are about reducing household waste to landfill.

If you missed out, we will be running more waste information stalls at local markets in the future. So if you have questions on recycling, are keen to know how to compost, or just want some tips on reducing waste…come and say hi. There’ll be some great environmentally conscious giveaways too!