Residential driver wins Recycled Art Contest
Piñata made from paper, cans, bottles and coffee mug
Chino, Calif. – The judging for Waste Management’s Recycled Art Contest was extremely close with dozens of
employees submitting works from across the country. In the end, it was Residential Driver Isidro Valdivia from
Chino Hauling , who took home the top prize, winning a trip for two to the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
For being the first year of the companywide art contest, employees did not disappoint. From beautifully constructed
collages to festive holiday decorations to an actual golf cart made from recyclable materials, there was no
shortage of creativity.
The winning entry, titled “Recondition,” can be viewed as a celebration of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
That’s because it’s a piñata, made from several everyday items, including tissue paper (collected from old birthday
presents), cardboard boxes, bottles and empty soda cans.
The artwork features a giant globe dotted with recyclable items that’s held at the bottom by a pair of hands, signifying
how sustainability is something we all truly have in our control. The real focal point, however, is a detailed replica of a
WM truck from Phoenix. At the truck’s side is a residential cart, made from an old WM coffee mug.
“There were some great details,” said Lisa Gordon, director of branding and advertising. “It also really captured a
While Valdivia took home the top prize, four other employees received consolation awards ($50 gift cards to WM’s
Green Gear store):
Most creative use of recycled/household materials
Ray Dilks, Wheelabrator plant operator, Deptford, N.J.
Best use of brand colors
Steven Miller, Foristell, Mo.
Best life-sized structure
David Tinnin, route manager, St. Louis, Mo.
Best use of #greenestshow campaign
Jason Yuck, Wixom, Mich.
A big thank you to all of our employees who submitted a work of art. Not everyone could win, but you all contributed to the company’s build toward the greenest show on grass, teeing off in just 13 days.