Local students compete in 'Trash-formations' competition

GAINESVILLE, Fla., (WCJB) -- The 20th annual 'Trash-formations' competition is being held in Alachua County.

Photo: Florida Museum of Natural History

The competition challenges local students to turn waste into creative works of art.

It's open to middle school, high school and college students in Alachua County.

There are over 130 submissions this year - all made out of at least 70% recycled or reused materials.

"It's very exciting to teach the younger generations the importance of using what we have in the environment and not taking our natural resources for granted," said Waste Alternatives Specialist Shelley Samec.

The competition is meant to bring awareness to how much trash we produce and how that trash could be reused.

"We produce a lot of trash here in Alachua County. Between 500 and 800 tons of garbage is produced every single day, so we really want to bring people's knowledge to that, or bring people's awareness to that, and then have them know that they can do other things. They can repurpose items, they can reuse items. So much stuff can be reused these days," said Samec.

The judging for the competition will start on Friday, November 30, 2018 at 5 p.m., and then the winning entries will be on display at the Florida Museum of Natural History until December 10, 2018.