Trash dumped in creek transformed into flower art

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A new project along Waller Creek is encouraging Austinities to live healthier lifestyles through safeguarding the environment. Volunteers collected more than 1,500 used plastic bottles from various creeks around Austin and transformed them into creative flower displays, which are now displayed along a pedestrian bridge near Waller Creek.More than 200 volunteers from the community spent the last few weeks at flower-making workshops to transform plastic bottles into flower art. This exhibit is part of a new SafePlace campaign that aims to educate both kids and adults about litter prevention.

“It’s about transforming something negative into something beautiful,” said Barri Rosenbluth, Director of the Expect Respect Program through SafePlace.

If a waste bottle was thrown into one of the upper reaches of one of our creeks, it will eventually make it all the way down the creek and all the way to Lady Bird Lake,” said William Fordyce, superintendent for City of Austin Watershed Protection.

“And at that point, our crews are grabbing it. If it escapes our crews, it continues downstream to Bastrop, and all of us utilize this river’s drinking water so we want to keep it as clean as possible and monitor that trash, and address it as quick as possible.”

The exhibit will be displayed for three months at the bridge between 9th and 10th streets.

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