Recycle by creating. And create by recycling. Whether it is metals, plastics, electronic circuits, fabrics or objects recovered at home, the Museum of Recycling collects everything that is achieved by giving a second artistic life to what is no longer needed elsewhere. So here are chairs, jewels, chandeliers and real installations, online, thanks to the consortium Ecolight. The general director Giancarlo Dezio speaks of almost 150 thousand unique visitors in the last year with over one million 700 thousand views.
1) When and with which mission was the Museum of Recycling born?
The Museum of Recycling was born as a web portal in February 2010 with the specific intent of being a showcase for those who give new life to waste. It is a project of Ecolight, a national consortium that deals with the management of WEEE (waste from electrical and electronic equipment), exhausted batteries and accumulators and photovoltaic modules at the end of their life. The declared goal is to feed environmental sensitivity by transmitting the message that, just as there is an art that comes from recycling, there is recycling which - as a good daily practice that everyone can do - can be considered a form of art.
2) Who participates, collaborates or supports the museum project?
At the moment, about a hundred artists, mostly from Italy, are participating in the project. These are artists who work metals, plastics, electronic circuits, fabrics, but also objects recovered at home and create all sorts of objects: from chairs to jewelry, from chandeliers to real installations.
3) What peculiarities must an object have to be part of your museum? How many are there today?
L'basic idea is to give new life to waste, then the recycling: the object must have parts made with reused or waste materials. The portal today can boast nearly 500 published works: an important heritage that testifies to the great sensitivity that exists around the theme of reuse and, specifically, reuse in an artistic sense.
4) How many and which sections do you have? Will new ones be born?
The works are collected in six sections: design, architecture, music, fashion, jewelry and artand in such a way as to give, as far as possible, full visibility to all. The project is under development: we do not hide the interest in further expanding the number of published works, also creating ad hoc sections based on the specificity of the works created or the recycled materials that have been used, or their origin.
5) Are there also recycling education projects?
The Museum of Recycling it's just a virtual showcase. It does not organize recycling education projects directly, but promotes them by giving visibility to the ecological initiatives that are organized. Furthermore, collaborations have been started with various projects for environmental awareness Ecolight supports environmental education campaigns and projects for the recovery of waste linked to the social reintegration of disadvantaged people.
6) What do visitors to the Museum comment? What feedback do you have?
The feedback is very positive. The portal has registered almost 150,000 unique visitors in the last year with over a million 700,000 views. The origin of visitors is extremely varied: in addition to Europe, represented by 30 nations, there are visitors who connect from every continent. An important tool is Facebook: here many propose their works or indicate particular solutions to reuse household waste.
7) From your point of view, has the attitude of people changed in recent years on the subject of recycling?
Sensitivity has undoubtedly grown. The campaigns implemented by various parties have at least led to a greater awareness of the need to separate waste in order to encourage its recovery. There is still a long way to go. If we look at the WEEE more common, those represented by small appliances and mobile phones, less than 18% are initiated to a correct recovery.
For further information read also "Creative recycling“