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Cougars find new use for recyclables, trash


Students use recyclables to create art that will be submitted to the Art of Recycling contest,  part of RecyleMania. Cougar Village Service Committee member Blythe Nguyen said the event was about raising awareness for recycling.  |  Chris Luong/The Daily Cougar

Students use recyclables to create art that will be submitted to the Art of Recycling contest, part of RecyleMania. Cougar Village Service Committee member Blythe Nguyen said the event was about raising awareness for recycling. | Chris Luong/The Daily Cougar

Students gathered around soda bottles, bottle caps, Pringles tubes and other assorted recyclable materials in the Cougar Village main lobby Thursday to collect material that will become art pieces for “Trash to Treasure.”

Trash to Treasure is an event created by the Cougar Village Service Committee in order to promote recycling and bring awareness to RecyleMania, a national competition UH enters annually.

Art pieces made at the event can be submitted to the “Art of Recycling” contest held March 22.

“I plan on making something musical,” said Eugenia Gonzalez, a sophomore at the Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management.

“I take music appreciation (classes) but I don’t play an instrument.”

Recyclables for the event were collected from the building’s recycling bins and from a resident’s coffee shop job.

Blythe Nguyen, a member of the Cougar Village Service Committee, said she was hoping for about 30 students to attend the event.

“It’s about how much awareness you can get from it,” she said.

“We’re not doing it to compete. It’s more for fun.”

The Cougar Village Service Committee is planning two more recycling events on March 22: a fashion show called Re-Fashioned and the Recycle Olympics.

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