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Middletown Launches Trash and Recycling Art Sculpture Contest

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Hey, Middletown residents: Looking for an incredibly original early summer project the kids can do now that they’re home from school? Or maybe even adults want to try this:

The Middletown Public Works Department and Middletown Arts Center are looking for waste sculptures to display in Middletown’s new outdoor eco garden in the Public Works/DPW building (52 Kanes Lane).

As Patch reported in April, Middletown will build an eco-garden at the town’s recycling center; construction is expected to begin this summer. The garden will include composting areas, native plants, a pond, a “trash garden” and even an outdoor classroom so Middletown school children can learn about this unique public facility.

And Middletown DPW is looking for waste sculptures to display outside the new garden – yes, really!

Turn your daily household trash and recycling into something beautiful, artistic, three-dimensional and unique. The competition is open to all children, adults, families and organizations who live or are based in Middletown. Entries must be made entirely of clean waste or recyclable materials, although artistic embellishments may be added with waterproof paint. All works of art must be self-supporting, solid and weatherproof; Middletown would like to display the entrances outside in front of the DPW building in Kanes Lane for an extended period. Sizes up to four feet tall and wide are suggested.

The deadline for submitting sculptures is 4 p.m. on August 8. Entries should be dropped off at the Middletown Arts Center (36 Church Street). Winners will have their sculpture displayed outside the garden and on Middletown Day 2021. Winners will receive a gift bag including a gift certificate to the Middletown Arts Center.

For more information or to enter the competition, email [email protected]

Also last spring, Middletown announced that it would be making a series of upgrades to the city’s recycling center, which would require Middletown to open a temporary recycling center adjacent to the current center and the satellite recycling center ( located at Middletown station).

Middletown said its recycling center has seen increasing use, especially in the past year of the COVID pandemic.

Improvements to the Middletown Recycling Center will include:

  • Increase access and efficiency of recycling collection bins
  • Improve circulation
  • Leave room for the expansion of recyclables in the future
  • Ensure ADA compliance at Middletown Recycling Center and Administration Building
  • Build the eco-garden

Middletown will pay for the upgrades using a combination of municipal tonnage subsidies, ADA funding, and revenue from the resale of recyclables.

Once opened, the eco-garden will be included in the educational tours of the recycling center that Middletown currently offers for children of all ages.

Tour groups will have the opportunity to stroll through the “garbage garden” and see creative ways to reuse items that have been disposed of at the recycling centre.

Visitors will also see an example of a rain garden that uses “catchment systems” to water native New Jersey plants. They will also have the opportunity to plant their own seeds using the leaf compost that was collected during the Canton’s curbside leaf collection.

Keep reading: Middletown will build an eco-garden at the city’s recycling center (April 22)

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