MORE than 100 people attended the largest Waste2Art exhibition to date at the Western Plains Cultural Centre on Saturday afternoon.
It is the ninth year of the competition that has seen a large boost in entries and community involvement thanks to re-introduced workshops leading up to the event.
Waste2Art co-ordinator Amy McIntyre said it was encouraging to see growing support from the Dubbo community for the event.
Community groups, schools and local families were all part of the large crowd that attended the official opening in the Project Space of the Dubbo Regional Gallery.
"It was really nice to see everyone bringing out their friends and family," Mrs McIntyre said.
"It is good to see the competition growing and I am looking forward to seeing more entries next year."
The winning artwork will now travel to Bourke to be judged at a regional level against winning entries from other Waste to Art competitions.
One such artwork will be Charles Shepherd's Three Wheel Billy Cart which took out the Primary Functional category of the competition.
Charles collected a lot of the recycled materials for his artwork from the Dubbo City Council clean-up.
It took the 13-year-old about a month to build his artwork in his father's shed during time after school and on the weekends.
"I love building in the shed with my dad," he said.
Charles is now thinking of what he can build for next year's Waste2Art competition.
The Ballimore Public School entered a colourful group artwork that won the Primary 2 Dimensional section of Waste to Art called A Plastic Emperor Butterfly.
The large artwork was created from dozens of bottle tops the students had collected to create bright wing patterns of the butterfly mounted onto cardboard.
Mrs McIntyre said the competition had a lot of support from local school groups.
"It was really good to see that nearly the whole Ballimore Public School turned up," she said.
"There was only one family that didn't make it."
Buninyong Schools as Community Centre was the Community 2 Dimensional Joint Winner for a collaborative effort in creating four artworks depicting wildlife of the area.
Our Animals and Our Garden used materials from the natural environment such as eucalyptus leaves, bark, wattle and different coloured earth to paint a portrait of wildlife.