Wake County Helps Promote Recycling Through Art

May 2016

recycled art

Wake County Solid Waste Management teamed up with the Disappearing Frogs Project and artist Joyce Dallal to raise awareness about the importance of reuse and recycling. Photo courtesy of Wake County Solid Waste Management.

Ever wonder what happened to all those old toys you threw out while spring cleaning? Some of them are getting a new life, thanks to Wake County Solid Waste Management. It has collected 1,010 pounds of toys over the past 10 months alone, and is repurposing them in an exciting way.

“We’ve teamed up with the Disappearing Frogs Project (http://www.amphibians.org/disappearingfrogsproject/) to use art to raise awareness about the importance of reuse and recycling,” said John Roberson, Wake County’s Solid Waste Division manager. “The artist – Joyce Dallal – took the unwanted toys and turned them into the body of a giant sculpture, which is currently on display in Raleigh.”

The Other Toy Story art project—a 10-foot-tall wire mesh sculpture of a baby—was temporarily on exhibit at the Visual Art Exchange. To see pictures of the project, go to http://othertoystory.com/

Wake County contractors collected the initial toys for the sculpture from the county’s multi-material sites. To help get students involved, the county connected Disappearing Frogs Project staff with Waste Industries, which set up collection bins at local schools where students could drop off their old toys. These toys were then set aside to “feed the baby.”

Wake County’s multi-material recycling facilities accept waste that is banned from being disposed of in landfills. In addition to the toys, this includes items such as cellphones, tires and computer parts. For more information, visit www.wakegov.com/recycling