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Reuse Contest Winners Announced

Tue, January 28, 2020 11:20 AM | Tamara Kowalski

The Reuse Council of the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Texas Reuse Contest

This is the second year the Council has organized the Reuse Contest, in which contestants design and create new objects from materials diverted from landfills. Winners receive certificates, tickets to reuse tours, and gift cards redeemable at reuse stores.

The National Reuse Contest, held by the Reuse People of America, was discontinued in 2017. Since then, however, due to popular demand in the Lone Star State, the Texas Reuse Contest lives on!

See photos of the winners' projects on our Facebook page!

The 2019 winners are:

Individual Construction & Remodeling

1st Place: Cynthia Piro, Houston, Custom Designed 8'x10' Tree House

2nd Place: Izzy Plunkett, Houston, Hurricane Harvey Recovery Through Public Art Project

3rd Place: Tim Wermond, Austin, Ultra-Modern Contemporary Bathroom Renovation

Individual Art, Fashion, & Furniture

1st Place: Oscar Rangel, Houston, Giant Nutcracker

2nd Place: Yureisly Suarez, Austin, End Tables Made from Granite Sink Cutouts

3rd Place: Steve Stelzer, Houston, Armoire Lamp Made from Reused Materials

Businesses and Organizations

1st Place: Dottie Moore, Houston, Encourager Church Limitless Camp Stage Show


We thank all of this year’s contestants for submitting their projects:

Vivian Brewster, Onalaska; Alan Montemayor, San Antonio; Shauntrice Nash, Denton; Husani Sallah, Houston; Vernon Berger, Austin; Mary Buonamici, Austin; Maddie Burton, Austin; Kenn Coplan, Houston; April Garcia, Austin; Ellen Gilgore, Denton; Alicia Kahn, Houston; Brianna Minks, Austin; Kiki Neumann, Houston; Melissa Rothrock, Austin, Melinda Rushing, Burleson; Christine Schumaker, Denton; Becky Wilkes, Asle; and Gabriela Williams, Garland.

Our distinguished judges this year were:

Madhav Acharya; Ahshia Berry; Karen Lantz, AIA; Dan Phillips; Page Piland; Amy Reed; Stacy Savage; and Sarah-Jayne Smith.

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