Dumpster Art

The City of Borger relies on dumpsters for most of its municipal waste management. Some of these dumpsters are prominent features in public spaces, notably at parks and along South Main Street. Make Borger Beautiful Committee (MBB) Volunteers worked with the City's Public Works and Administration  to help beautify these dumpsters. The objective is to improve the appearance of our public spaces, encourage interest and participation in art, and promote more responsible attitudes and behaviors towards waste management in our community. 

MBB's first effort at dumpster art was lead by MBB Committee Chairman Jesse Shuffield, working with a group of Panhandle FFA Youth for their summer volunteer project in partnership with Xcel Energy in Summer 2019. Following this the Committee started experimenting with more strategic approaches to painting dumpsters. 

The 5 dumpsters in the first image below can be found at Huber Park and were part of the Make Borger Beautiful volunteer's follow-up efforts on Dumpster Art. Clay Renick, the director of the Hutchinson County Historical Museum (HCHM) suggested holding a contest, and the first Borger Dumpster Art Contest was initiated. It was jointly sponsored by MBB, HCHM and the City of Borger. 

 Keep reading below to find information about the Dumpster Art Contests and check out the slideshow of work and our Youtube video from the first dumpster art contest. 

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Make your art part of our community! 

Look for the next contest in the Spring of 2020, and stay updated on this webpage or Facebook for the deadline information. 

The City purchases  new dumpsters every year and they are approved in the annual budget process. Make Borger Beautiful is encouraging all citizens to participate in the beautification of these dumpsters. At least one more contest will be hosted, and ideally this will become a sustained grass-roots effort that will provide fresh artwork for public spaces every year, with or without contests. 

Please contact mmontoya@borgertx.gov or makeborgerbeautiful@borgertx.gov if you would like to become a part of this program by joining our informational email list to find out when the next contest will be announced. We gladly accept all art submissions (see guidelines below, no offensive content) and will work with you on coordinating when to paint the dumpster. We provide all materials and location to paint the dumpsters; please allow adequate time for coordination. Process time is much quicker during a contest, as it is part of an organized campaign where time and materials are all already in place. However, we happily accept all art submissions (see guidelines below) at anytime! Upcoming contests will be announced on this website and on the City of Borger's and Make Borger Beautiful's Facebook pages.

Dumpster Art Contest Info

The first contest was completed on October 31st, 2019 and Borger High School artist Kayli Spickes was selected the winner! Make Borger Beautiful Committee volunteer Glendon Jett facilitated this project, working hand in hand with the Public Works department and City Administration to make this effort possible. Without the dedicated work of volunteers like Mr.Jett and his wife, Denise, projects like this one would not be what they are. If you would still like to submit a design and there is not an ongoing contest, please contact makeborgerbeautiful@borgertx.gov or mmontoya@borgertx.gov


  • Winners will receive a cash prize and will paint their design on a dumpster
  • Entry forms are available at City Hall 
  •  The City will provide a work space for the painting 
  • All copyrighted, divisive, or offensive content will be disqualified
  • Entries will be numbered and the contestant's name and number recorded separately, so judges won't know who created the proposed artwork
  • The first contest's deadline was October 31, 2019. You can find the 6 colorful new pieces of art on South Main Street. The second dumpster art contest will be announced in the Spring of 2020. In the meantime, check out work from the first round in the slideshow above and find art details in the collection of Facebook posts above as well.