Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced voting is now open in Council’s third annual Recycling Art Competition, with 14 artworks on display for public voting.

The Lord Mayor said the Recycling Art Competition is an opportunity for local artists to get creative with recycled materials and showcase the possibilities for reusing preloved items.

“The Recycling Art competition is about demonstrating what a cleaner, greener Brisbane is all about — recycling and reusing unwanted homewares and household items, rather than them ending up as landfill,” Cr Quirk said.

“The artists created their works from recycled treasures found at Council’s tip shops and other second-hand stores for the chance to share in $4000 prize money.

“Breathing new life into old items rather than throwing them away is what the Recycling Art Competition and Council’s tip shops in Geebung and Acacia Ridge are all about.”

Among the amazing artworks are a few old chairs transformed into a tea-drinking octopus and vacuum cleaner and motorbike parts that bring a two metre tall recycler-droid to life.

Cr Quirk said the competition is a unique way to encourage everyone in Brisbane to rethink their rubbish.

“By rethinking our rubbish like these artists have, we can all help to achieve Council’s goal of making a cleaner, greener city,” he said.

“The free exhibition also features a tip shop lounge room showing footage about the recycled items used to create the artworks, what you can find in Council’s tip shops and what the artists think about reuse and recycling.

“I encourage residents of all ages to visit the exhibition at Brisbane Square Library until Monday 23 March to vote for their favourite artwork and perhaps be inspired to find new ways to recycle and reuse.”

The 14 artworks are on display at Brisbane Square Library and online for public voting until 23 March.

Cast a vote at the free exhibition at Level 2, Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane or head to bne.cc/ReArt2015 to vote until Monday 23 March.

For more information on the Recycling Art Competition visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.