SUNNYSIDE — How to make something from nothing can be an art in itself.

Especially if the artist is interested in recycling every day trash.

Each day, more than 720 tons of garbage are added to Yakima County landfills.

Some of that trash can be repurposed and given new life.

Leading that charge to take trash to treasures is Marcy Venable of the Yakima County Solid Waste Department.

Venable can be seen at area community events demonstrating how to transform a coffee can into a bird feeder.

She shows consumers how to make a toy box out of an abandoned dresser drawer and even how to reclaim the end panels of a baby crib to create an attractive sandwich board advertising sign.

Coming up with ideas to show consumers is a full time job. Venable also creates “how to do” it worksheets for yourselfers, a guide for creating usable treasurers.

Take, for example, an aluminum coffee can and a broken electric lamp shade. With a few simple twists, the pairing can become a birdhouse or potentially a bird feeder.

“Most of the projects are very simple and require very little skill,” she admits.

Plus, the new product helps to clean up the environment, she said.

To obtain work sheets for creating your own trash to treasure items, contact Venable at the Yakima Solid Waste Department, 509-574-2450.

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