Old car parts, broken furniture and household junk would usually earn a trip straight to landfill.
But next week these used articles will be labelled works of art, hung on the wall of the Museum of the Goldfields, to highlight the ongoing battle with human waste.
Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group’s annual rECOnstructed Art Competition exhibition will open next Friday.
KBULG chief executive Kim Eckert said the purpose of the event was to highlight the importance of reducing, reusing or recycling waste.
“We’ve become such a throwaway society but it’s important we are more mindful of reusing our articles and finding other purposes for them, rather than throwing them away,” she said.
“We want people to reduce their waste by reusing it for other purposes and if not, as a last resort recycle it.”
The annual art competition gives artists the chance to be creative using recycled materials to turn trash into treasure.
The winners are determined on how creative their work is, how much thought was put into it, and how much waste was used.
The exhibition runs from Friday, November 16 at 5.30pm until November 24, to coincide with National Recycling Week.
“It’s a great opportunity to keep raising awareness of bad habits and get people to rethink their waste and do their bit for the environment,” Ms Eckert said.