Craft for the Coast: Trash Art Contest | July 16-31

Art Submissions 

Calling all trash crafters and upcycling artists! Create a piece of trash art and enter to win prizes! Art submissions due Friday, July 16.

>> Art Submission Form <<

In addition to filling out the form, please email a high quality photo of your art piece to This photo will be posted on our social media and website for the People’s Choice Award voting.

Prize Categories

  • People’s Choice Award (Receives the most community votes)
    • $100 Restaurant 511 gift card + free admission to NEC 50th Anniversary Event
  • Best Upcycled Creation (Submission predominantly made from reused items)
    • NEC gift basket: zero waste kit, stickers, poster + solutions gift card
  • Best Litter Creation (Submission predominantly made from litter and/or marine debris)
    • NEC Cleanup Kit: bucket, picker, gloves, stickers, poster
  • Youth Award (Submission created by artist 12 years and under)
    • Environmental Education Gift Basket: stickers, educational coloring book, nature posters

Trash Supplies

Do you need trash supplies for your art piece? The NEC will have a limited supply of beach trash available to participants at the NEC office (415 I Street, Arcata, CA). To inquire about supplies please email

If you have useable beach trash you have collected, please consider donating it to the NEC. (Washed and sanitized trash only). Email to coordinate a drop off.

>> People’s Choice Award <<
Vote for your favorite trash art  | July 19 – 31
1 vote = $1
All proceeds benefit the NEC’s marine debris and litter reduction programs.

How To Vote: 

  • Click on the trash art of your choice below (photos coming soon). This will take you to a new page where you can adjust the quantity of your votes and then “Add to Cart”.
  • Feel free to vote as many times as you would like and for as many art submissions as you would like.
  • Once you have finished adding everything to your cart, click “View Cart” and then fill out the form to pay for your votes.