Coats for Kids collection in San Bruno

Posted in Events, Recology, Resource Recovery, San Bruno, You Should Know... by ecotulip on October 23, 2013

Sponsored by Recology San Bruno and the City of San Bruno

The Coats For Kids Coat drive has started! Help someone in San Mateo County stay warm this winter. Donate new or clean, gently used coats from infant to adult sizes.

Drop off your coats at the collection bin at the San Bruno farmers’ market booth this Sunday!

Can’t make it to the Farmer’s Market this Sunday? There are other ways to participate.

Drop-off Locations (October 1st – October 31st):

Busy Baker 444 San Mateo Avenue

Crystal Springs Terrace Apt, office – 2000 Crystal Springs Rd

First Filipino American Church 461 Linden Avenue

La Petite Baleen Swimming School – 434 San Mateo Avenue

Marshall Realty – 683 Jenevein Avenue

Peninsula Place Condos Club House – 1125 Cherry Avenue

Prudential California Realty – 180 El Camino Real

San Bruno Cable – 398 El Camino Real

San Bruno Chamber of Commerce – 618 San Mateo Avenue

San Bruno City Hall – 567 El Camino Real

San Bruno Fire Department – 555 El Camino Real

San Bruno Library – 701 W. Angus Avenue

San Bruno Recreation Center – 251 City Park Way

Shelter Creek Condo Club House – 701 Shelter Creek Lane

Tony’s Auto Repair – 601 Kains Avenue

Special Collection:

October 21st – 25th, Recology San Bruno will collect coats in clearly marked bags placed curbside on your regular garbage day.

Saturday, October 26th –8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, bring your coats to the AYSO soccer fields at the former Crestmoor High for Make a Difference Day

Coat Give Away Day

Date & Time:Thursday, November 21st, 4:00-7:00PM

Where:National Guard Armory, 455 3rd Avenue

All are welcome! Limit ONE coat per person. Children MUST be present to receive a coat.

Coats for Kids is made possible by:

* California National Guard

* Our wonderful volunteers

* San Bruno residents and businesses

* San Bruno donation sites

Volunteer at Coat Give Away Day!

Would you like to help children and their families find a new warm coat for the winter?

Please contact Recology San Bruno at 650-583-8536 for more information.

Coats for Kids collection kicks off in San Mateo County

Posted in Recology, San Mateo County by recologysanmateocounty on October 23, 2013

Recology San Mateo County (RSMC) is starting their annual Coats for Kids collection program of new and gently used donated coats, from Monday, November 4th through Friday, November 8th.

Drivers from RSMC will collect coats that have been placed in a clear plastic bag and marked “Coats for Kids” at the curbs from residential homes on their collection day in:

· Atherton

· Belmont

· Burlingame

· East Palo Alto

· Foster City

· Hillsborough

· Menlo Park

· North Fair Oaks

· Redwood City

· San Carlos

· San Mateo

· San Mateo County (county “pockets” serviced by Recology San Mateo County)

· West Bay Sanitary District

Collection containers labeled “Coats for Kids” will also be placed at various locations throughout participating cities from Monday, November 4th through Friday, November 15th. Please visit for a list of drop off locations.

RSMC will deliver all of the donated coats to local non-profit agencies for distribution to those in need of a warm coat during the cold weather season.

Thanks for being part of this year’s Coats for Kids drive in San Mateo County!

Recology San Mateo County cleans up the Bayfront

Posted in Events, Recology, San Mateo County by art at the dump on October 11, 2013

Our Recology San Mateo County volunteers participated in the 29th Annual San Mateo Bayfront Clean Up. Volunteers picked up litter along the Bayfront Trail, San Mateo Creek, Marina Lagoon and Tidelines Park. Most of the materials found were cigarette butts, food wrappers, plastic bags, and plastic water bottles. There were also some very interesting finds in our bay… tires, shopping carts, chairs, and even toys!

“The clean up was a great bonding time with the family and a gratifying experience to be able to help in keeping the environment clean.”

- Sheila, Recology San Mateo County employee-owner




Join us at the California Coastal Cleanup

Posted in Events, Recology, You Should Know... by art at the dump on October 11, 2013

Saturday, September 21

9AM – noon

 Are you looking for something to do tomorrow? Join us for the Coastal Cleanup tomorrow morning.

Check out the links below to register and participate! 

Event Registration, Materials & Resources  

  • Includes information on:     
    • Sites
    • 2012 stats & more about Coastal Cleanup Day
    • Sponsors & Site Captains
    • Downloadable Posters & Waiver Forms

Want to coordinate a team? Visit CCC:

 Recology & iMRF:

Get up to speed on the reasons to participate:

Tsunami boat heads back home

Posted in Recology, Resource Recovery, You Should Know... by ecotulip on September 9, 2013

Guest blogger Lorie Poole, Recycling Coordinator and Customer Service Representative at Recology Del Norte, on the bitter sweet experience of sending a boat brought to her town by the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

News travels fast in a small town.

The 20-foot boat washed up on Crescent Beach on April 7th. It belonged to a coastal fishing town of Rikuzentakata–a town in Japan unfortunate to have had the second-highest death toll from the 2011 tsunami.

We were preparing for Earth Day, so I quickly updated my Pacific Gyre/Beach Clean Up display to include beached tsunami debris in our list of targeted materials for the event. Soon, Lori Dengler, the Humboldt State University Geologist and tsunami researcher came up to Crescent City to research the boat. She was the one to discover that the boat belonged to the Takata High School’s marine science program.

Jeff Parmer, from the Crescent City Chamber of Commerce, explained that a local high school group headed by their teacher, Joyce Ruiz, was going to send the boat back to Japan.

Recology del Norte began coordinating with Commander Bill Stevens of the Sheriffs Office to help transport the boat. I wanted to see what we could do.

Mean while, the local students started fundraising. With help from the Crescent City maintenance crew, local property managers, and our area operations disaster management group, the students found a shipping company that would ship the boat for free. The students put together a video that they sent to the Takata students and have set up a donation page.

On the morning of September 4th I received a call from Bill asking for help transporting the boat to Menlo Park by September 16th. With such short notice, it seemed unlikely that we could help, but Tommy Sparrow, Recology Del Norte’s General Manager, was able to find a vehicle. It just so happened that an empty Recology truck was traveling in our direction. It was scheduled to pick up a load south of us, but one of Recology’s senior managers approved a stop in Crescent City and the boat was picked up the very next day.

I called Bill back. He was excited and instantly rushed to get all his contacts involved. Emails were flying. In just a matter of two hours the plan came together. The truck would be on site by 8AM on Thursday, the property manager would have the building open, the city maintenance crew would load the boat, two of the students would be there to say farewell to the treasured boat, and the Daily Triplicate would be there to tell the story.

The boat was delivered to the shipping company on Friday, September 6th. It will be packed and shipped on September 22nd. After a 14-day voyage, the ship is scheduled to reach Tokyo by October 6th.

The shipping company has arranged transport and storage for the boat until Takata High School can be rebuilt and prepare a space to put it on display.

Del Norte High students are working with city and county officials, as well as local clubs to raise money for 10 students and 3 adults to make a trip to Takata High School in Rikuzentakata, Japan. Many Del Norte officials are helping to foster a plan to become sister cities with Rikuzentakata.

This event has helped raise awareness about tsunamis and disaster preparedness in Del Norte County. Before this event, only one high school group had taken Community Emergency Response Training. Now two more classes are being scheduled.

Here’s a timeline and links to more info:

· Japan earthquake /tsunami, magnitude 8.9 with waves as high as 40 meters – March 11, 2011

· New York Times article – March 21,2011

· Boat washes up on Crescent Beach – April 7, 2012

· Lori Dengler’s site: Lori Dengler – Tsunamis, earthquakes, geophysics, natural hazard mitigation, – April 8, 2012

Del Norte Triplicate story: – June 10, 2013 and a more recent story:

· Student to Student video:

· July 22, 2013

· High school fundraiser page:

Photos by Adam Spencer, courtesy of Del Norte Triplicate.

Building a Culture of Zero Waste

Posted in Policy, Resource Recovery, San Francisco, Waste Reduction, You Should Know... by ecotulip on September 6, 2013

Guest blogger, Malaika Thorne, Sustainability Program Manager at Recology on WASTE ZERO and Zero Waste. 

Yesterday, an independent panel consisting of former Mayors, architects and reps from the World Bank, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and Siemens recognized ten cities around the world for their leadership in urban sustainability practices. San Francisco was recognized for it’s work in “waste management”. I think they actually meant resource recovery, but, it’s just semantics. Right?

In 2009 we started talking about WASTE ZERO. It’s our rallying cry to make the best and highest use of all resources that we can. The real natural resource challenges we’re facing around the world, and in California, have everything to do with it. Recology is driven to find a social, environmentally-sound and economical solution to the vast amount of waste that we create in industrialized economies. I was reminded that we have a lot in this country while having a conversation with one of the Haitian artists working at the San Francisco transfer station. He expressed surprise at just how much gets thrown “away”. Good things, repairable things. Reusable things. Recyclable and compostable things.

In San Francisco, the call to make Zero Waste a reality is starting to be heard. And with this award comes some recognition of the hard work being done in the city by regular people who have started to change their habits. They pause and consider what can be recycled and composted as they stand over the three containers in their kitchens. They search through for answers to what goes where. And while there is still a ways to go before we reach zero waste, we’re at least on our way. And that’s exactly what sustainability is about.

Congratulations to everyone in San Francisco!

Upcoming Artist in Residence Program Exhibition at Recology San Francisco

Posted in Diversion, Events, San Francisco, You Should Know... by art at the dump on September 5, 2013

The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco will host an exhibition and reception for current artists-in-residence Kristin Cammermeyer and Chad Hasegawa, and visiting artists Claudel Casseus, Romel Jean Pierre, and Racine Polycarpe on Friday, September 20, from 5-9pm and Saturday, September 21, from 1-3pm. Additional viewing hours will be held on Tuesday, September 24, from 5-7pm. An artist panel discussion will follow at 7pm at 401 Tunnel Avenue. This exhibition will be the culmination of work by the artists who have scavenged materials from the dump to make art and promote recycling and reuse.

Kristin Cammermeyer: DOUBLE HOW in & out the Back Room

When first looking at Kristin Cammermeyer ’s large-scale installation in the backroom of the Recology Art Studio, one might not immediately see a connection to her background as a painter. But it soon becomes apparent that she manipulates line, color, and perspective to alter perception, much as a painter does to convey three-dimensionality in 2-D. Cammermeyer uses these effects to create a sense of disorientation, which she likens to the surreal environment of the Public Disposal and Recycling Area, where she scavenged for materials. Viewers can succumb to the manipulation of lights, mirrors, and other objects placed in groupings throughout the space that appear like abstract still-lifes, framed by the lumber that is the infrastructure for the installation. Though carefully composed by the artist, the arrangements speak to the random meeting of materials at the Recology site which Cammermeyer has described as, “the arbitrary, yet seemingly composed moments that can occur at the fringes…instances of incidental formalism that suggest a collective consciousness and elegant design in a seemingly haphazard world.”

Site-specific in nature, Cammermeyer’s installation mirrors the framework and trusses of the building’s architecture which she sees as another found material with which to work. Cammermeyer has placed raw materials at the top of the installation, with the materials becoming more refined as they move down through the piece, drawing connections between the artistic process, the dump, and human digestion, in their shared processing of materials through labor. The constant movement of materials at the Recology facility is mimicked in the life-cycle of the installation, documented in her time-lapse video. The video provides a flattened, framed format through which one can experience the changing work. The precision of her construction and the vision behind it becomes even more apparent in this context as lines, shapes, and objects strategically envelop the video screen. Cammermeyer will also embed small mixed-media pieces within the installation and is working on a series of owl boxes for the sculpture garden.

Chad Hasegawa: Os Pukas

A constant in Chad Hasegawa’s paintings, sculptures, and murals is his iconic grizzly bear. Traditionally symbolic of strength and courage, in Hasegawa’s works the bear’s meaning is expanded to personify a range of qualities. Sometimes self-referential and sometimes representing the artist’s family or friends, Hasegawa’s bears offer the opportunity for anyone to see themselves in his depictions of strength, protectiveness, vulnerability, solitariness, and fierceness. During his residency, Hasegawa’s grizzly bear has explored the terrain of the dump. Paintings, sculpture, and an installation by Hasegawa position the bear as scavenger and survivor trying to make a home amidst the cast-off debris, and speak to the collision of nature and civilization. By positioning the bear at the dump, associations can be made regarding how our trash ultimately impacts the natural environment and the animals who reside there, but Hasegawa’s work speaks more broadly to ideas of the human/animal relationship. His bears inspire a sense of reverence, and suggest a more mystical or unexplainable connection between us and our animal counterparts. Says Hasegawa, “…bears are highly respected in many cultures and are considered to be ancestral spirits. Each of my bear paintings is created with the intent of being a protector; personally for myself and for everyone that may come across my work.”

In a large-scale installation, Hasegawa has crafted a cave from corrugated sheet metal, wood, and other found objects. By calling the work “Os Pukas,” Hasegawa has combined Portuguese and Hawaiian, using the word puka, or hole, to reference both a habitable space and the artist’s Hawaiian roots. Visually connected to shanty towns, such as the favelas of Brazil, the installation is both a bear’s den and a symbol of global struggles to find shelter and security. The work speaks to the fundamental need for habitable spaces, connecting us in the most primal of ways to the animal world. In addition to the installation, paintings, and sculptural works, Hasegawa will also paint a mural outside the Household Hazardous Waste Facility.


Port-au-Prince to San Francisco: Work by Claudel Casseus, Romel Jean Pierre, and Racine Polycarpe

Beginning in mid-August the Recology Artist in Residence Program will welcome Claudel Casseus, Romel Jean Pierre, and Racine Polycarpe to the San Francisco Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Center. The artists live and work in Grand Rue, Port-au-Prince, Haiti and are part of Atis-Rezistans, an artist collective whose members use recycled materials to create assemblage art. Their mini-residency at Recology is sponsored by Project HOPE Art, a local non-profit. This will be the first time artists from outside the Bay Area have participated in Recology’s residency program.

Claudel Casseus
Claudel Casseus was born in 1981 in Grand Rue, Port-au-Prince, a neighborhood with a strong art and creative community. From a young age Casseus made art and in 2008, he joined Atis-Rezistans. In 2009, he participated in the 1st Ghetto Biennial, an international arts festival organized by Atis-Rezistans and British artist/curator Leah Gordon. During the Biennale, Casseus met British artist Bill Drummond, and after the 2010 Haitian earthquake he collaborated with Drummond on Imajine, a book describing his experiences following the disaster. Casseus’s sculptures, informed by Vodou and made from recycled materials, have been included in many exhibitions. This will be Casseus’s first trip outside of Haiti.

“I grew up in a large ghetto in Port-au-Prince, a place that has a lot of trash around. I take advantage of this situation by creating artwork with the same garbage found in the community. I think this is a way to educate people who live in the area, to make people understand that it is not necessary to keep throwing trash in the street. Because with art, any number of things can be created. Definitely, art is a means of communication with everyone, regardless of social differences. Art can help a person to manage the frustration inside him and it enables you to say what you feel is happening in the world, whether positive or negative. Therefore, I think a person who chooses to make art is a person who wants to collaborate with the world.”

Romel Jean Pierre
Growing up in Port-au-Prince, where he was born in 1993, Romel Jean Pierre initially was interested in becoming a politician, but turned his focus to art when he attended the 1st Ghetto Biennale. He joined the youth division of Atis-Rezistans, called Timoun Rezistans, and began creating the video performance/citizen media series, Tele Ghetto Haiti. For the 2nd Ghetto Biennale he collaborated with Bay Area artist and writer Robert Gomez on Dreams/Rèv Ou, a video project in which Haitians speak about their hopes for the future. Romel’s works have been exhibited widely. In 2011 he was a visiting artist at Bates College in Maine, and in April, 2013 he attended the Tribecca Film Festival in New York where he participated in a panel discussion on Inside Out-The People’s Art Project, a documentary film about the French artist JR who worked with Romel in Haiti. Tele Ghetto video works can be seen on Facebook and Youtube. Romel will head the new photography program at the Project HOPE Art Center located at Haiti Communitere, in Port-au-Prince. The Art Center is housed in a converted 20-foot shipping container.

“The Rezistans movement means many things to me, because when I wasn’t part of it, I knew I would spend each day not doing anything and that knowing life would pass me by as I joked around, not going to school and losing all good chances in my life…”

Racine Polycarpe
In 2006 at the age of fifteen, Racine Polycarpe was adopted by his uncle, the well-known artist, Jean Hérard Celeur. He worked as an apprentice at his uncle’s school, the Realm of the Arts and Minds, in Grand Rue, Port-au-Prince, where he learned about contemporary art history, the skills of carving wood and rubber, and how to create sculptural works from found objects. Polycarpe is also a member of Atis-Rezistans, which was founded by his uncle. His work has been exhibited in Haiti at the Institut Francais (2009), the Fet Gede at the National Cemetery (2009), the 1st and 2nd Ghetto Biennales (2009, 2011), and Nouvo Rezistans at the Institut Francais (2011). In 2010 his work was exhibited at the Portman Gallery in London, and at the XISM Etnografiska Museet in Stockholm. This will be his first trip outside of Haiti.

“I make sculpture out of recycled materials such as wood, plastic, metal, rubber, and anything I find. I also make painted sculptures with carved rubber from old tires. The reason I use these materials as my medium is because, in my country, when people are finished using things they just throw them outside. As artists we see value in these things and turn them into art following the history of assemblage art. It is a transformative act to take these discarded objects off the street and turn them into art.”

About the Recology Artist in Residence Program

Since 1990, the Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco has encouraged the conservation of natural resources while instilling a greater appreciation for art and the environment in children and adults. This one-of-a-kind program enables artists to work in studio space on site for four months, use materials recovered from the Public Disposal and Recycling Area, and speak to students and the general public about reuse and their residency experiences. Over one-hundred professional Bay Area artists have completed residencies. Applications are accepted annually in August.


Reception-Friday, September 20, 2013, 5-9pm

Reception-Saturday, September 21, 2013, 1-3pm

Additional viewing hours-Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 5-7pm

Artist panel discussion-Tuesday, September 24, 7pm


Art Studio located at 503 Tunnel Ave. and Environmental Learning Center Gallery at 401 Tunnel Ave., San Francisco, CA

Admission is free and open to the public, all ages welcome, wheelchair accessible.

Recology – Art at the Dump – Issue No. 7

Posted in Portland, Recology, Resource Recovery, San Francisco, You Should Know... by art at the dump on July 1, 2013

Current Resident Artists

Kristin Cammermeyer and Chad Hasegawa began their residencies on June 1. Both artists are busy scavenging lumber that they’ll be using in very different ways. Kristin is building a large-scale installation in the back room and Chad is constructing panels for his paintings. Kristin’s installation is already in progress and in a perpetual state of flux. She is filming the work as she alters it, while also filming sites around the facility that are in constant change. We’re very happy to report that we’ve received the green light to have Chad paint a mural outside our Household Hazardous Waste Facility which will feature his signature bear imagery. If you’re dropping off paint, batteries, or other materials in the next three months, look out for Chad as you pull out of the driveway! Their residency exhibition will take place on Friday, September 20 from 5-9pm and Saturday, September 21 from 1-3pm.

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Visiting Artists from Haiti

Beginning in mid-August the Recology Artist in Residence Program will welcome three visiting artists from Haiti: Claudel Casseus, Romel Jean Pierre, and Racine Polycarpe. Sponsored by Project Hope Art, this mini-residency will enable the artists to use our student studio (the shipping container behind our offices), and scavenge for materials to make their art. The artists will work on-site for approximately one month and exhibit finished and in-process artwork at the Environmental Learning Center at 401 Tunnel Avenue during our September exhibition. The artists belong to Atis-Rezistans, an artist collective in Port-au-Prince whose members use recycled materials to create assemblage art. This will be Claudel and Racine’s first trip outside of Haiti.

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We’re Accepting Applications!

Applications for 2014 residencies are due August 30th. For information on how to apply and to download an application:


GLEAN exhibition

2013 GLEAN residency artists will exhibit their work August 16 to September 8 at Disjecta in Portland, Oregon. This is the third year of the Portland-based program developed collaboratively by Recology; Cracked Pots, Inc., an environmental arts organization; and Metro, the regional government for the Portland metropolitan area. Artists Kim Lakin, Owen Premore, Eric Rosewall, Christopher Wagner, and Vicki Wilson have been working since March, scavenging for materials at the Portland Transfer Station to make their art. An opening reception will be held August 16, from 6-9pm.



The Art of Recology at SFO Museum on exhibit through October

We continue to hear good things from folks who have traveled on United Airlines and have seen our exhibition in Terminal 3 at SFO. Over one-hundred pieces made by forty-five artists during their Recology residencies are on display in The Art of Recology. Because the exhibition is past security and only viewable by passengers ticketed for United, a website has been created featuring video and photos of the exhibition. Experience the show virtually at:


Alumni News

Current resident artist Kristin Cammermeyer has received a MacDowell Colony residency and will be there this fall after completing her work at Recology.

Updates on The Genius of Marian, Banker White’s film which follows his mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease, can be found here. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will be screened in Russia at the Moscow Film Festival this month.

Stephanie Syjuco will be busy prior to her October-January Recology residency. In addition to participating in exhibitions in cities including New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and São Paulo, Brazil, she will be an artist-in-residence at the FLACC Workplace for Visual Artists in Genk, Belgium, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, in Omaha, and ACRE in Steuben, Wisconsin.

Nicole Repack is one of four artists in the Triton Museum of Art exhibition, Spiral: Art of the Street. The show runs from September 14 to November 17.

Upcoming Recology artist-in-resident Yulia Pinkusevich will be in Paris from July to September participating in the Cite International des Arts residency. Her work was included in the films 3020 Laguna St. In Exitum and Umoja-One. 3020 Laguna St. In Exitum premiered at the San Francisco International Film festival and features the installations of seven local artists; Umoja-One documents a collaborative project with dancer/performer Rahan Boxley and is Official Selection for the San Francisco Black Film Festival.

Dana Albany’s spaceship, The Y.E.S. Project, will be installed outside the Exploratorium on August 12. At night it will be illuminated with 130 slowly changing sequences. People will be able to crawl into the spaceship August 17 when it is part of the Exploratorium’s Trashformationevent.

Colette Crutcher and Aileen Barr are completing tilework at Cesar Chavez Park in Oakland’s Fruitvale District. The park will open in mid-July. Crutcher and Barr are also collaborating on a 75-foot-high, tiled stairway in the Sunset. There will be a community participation workshop for this project on July 20th, 1-5pm. See for more information.

Suzanne Husky has created Jardin a la Française Sauvage for the Milieux exhibition at the Domaine de Chamarande in Essonne, France. Husky has made a large French garden composed of flowers beneficial to birds and bees. It is on view through September 30.

Donna Ozawa’s Waribashi Project can be seen in Nature’s Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art and Invention at the Ulrich Museum of Art in Wichita Kansas, August 31 to December 17.

James Sansing won a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. The foundation provides monetary support to parents pursuing creative work.

Michael Damm will have work in the exhibition Artists Who Teach at the Wiegand Gallery at Notre Dame de Namur University, September 17 to October 26. Damm’s work is also included in Afterglow: Rethinking California Light and Space Art at St. Mary’s College Museum of Art running from August 4 to September 29.

Erik Otto’s solo exhibition, Searching For Higher Ground, will be at the Luna Rienne Gallery in San Francisco. The exhibition is on view from August 17 to September 23, with an opening reception August 17 from 6-9pm.

Work by Val Britton will be included in the exhibition Journey Forth: Contemporary Landscape Between Technology and Tradition at Gallery Wendi Norris from July 11 to August 31. Over the summer she will also have work in exhibitions in cities including New York and Laguna Beach. She was recently profiled in Art Ltd. Magazine.

Barbara Holmes recently completed a residency in Virginia City, Nevada through Capital City Arts Initiative (CCAI). Work can be viewed here. A reception will be July 12th, 5-9pm at SMAC in Virginia City. Holmes will be an artist-in-residence at the Facebook campus in Menlo Park for six weeks this summer and will be working on a lath installation there (among other activities).

For the month of July, Karrie Hovey will be an artist-in-residence at Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin in East in Spring Green, Wisconsin.

Work by former Recology artists-in-residence, Val Britton, Lauren DiCioccio, Julia Goodman, Jeff Hantman, Barbara Holmes, David King, Christina Mazza, Scott Oliver, and Sudhu Tewari will be featured in the de Saisset Museum’s exhibition Reduce, Reuse, Re-Imagine, from August 16 to December 6.

A watch band designed by Sirron Norris for the company Basis has recently been released. His bus stop posters promoting the San Francisco Public Library are on view around the city.

David King’s work will appear in the three-person show Cut & Paste at Hang Art Gallery in San Francisco. The show runs from July 1 to 15, with a reception July 11, 6-8pm. In August, King will be a resident artist at the Lucid Art Foundation in Inverness.

Julia Goodman will be a resident artist at Lost Coast Cultural Machine in Fort Bragg, California from August to September. Her work will be included in the exhibition, Around the Table: Food, Creativity, Community, at the San Jose Museum of Art, November 9, 2013 to April 27, 2014.

James Gouldthorpe recently received a residency at Villa Montalvo. He will be there in 2014.


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If compost collection can make it in NYC, it can make it anywhere.

Congratulations Big Apple on Going Green!

Dozens of cities and hundreds of universities are following San Francisco’s lead and instituting urban compost collection programs. Most of these programs are located where one might expect to find them: Seattle, Portland, Maine, and University of California campuses. But not everyone expected New York City to come to the party. On June 16 Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced plans to expand and eventually require food scrap compost collection at locations across the city.

In discussing the plan, officials also signaled interest in the zero waste movement. “You want to get on a trajectory where you’re not sending anything to landfills,” Caswell F. Holloway IV, a deputy mayor, told The New York Times.

San Francisco aims to achieve zero waste by 2020, a goal set by the Board of Supervisors. The green bin program is a major contributor to San Francisco’s landfill diversion rate of 80 percent, the highest in the country.

Replicating the San Francisco program is just common sense. Food scraps collected from San Francisco are turned into nutrient-rich compost that is applied to local farms. Most of them are vineyards in Napa and Sonoma counties. Compost made from food scraps collected in New York City could be applied to farms in upstate New York, farms that grow fruits and vegetables sold at the 19 farmers’ markets in the city.

There are many wonderful things about these programs. They keep things out of landfills and feed topsoil on local farms, which helps farmers grow healthier food. Urbanites like to shop at farmer’s markets and increasingly are hearing about the connection between tossing coffee grounds and vegetable peelings in their kitchen compost pails and the heirloom tomatoes and fresh carrots they buy on Saturday mornings.

Bloomberg’s announcement generated a lot of New York media coverage and press calls to San Francisco seeking reaction and insights. Reporters looking for opposing views among New Yorkers were mostly disappointed and within two days said “people like it.”

The Times reported that test compost collection programs in New York have shown an “unexpectedly high level of participation.” More than one headline read like this one: “Take it from a composting veteran, it is easier than you think.”

That perspective will feel correct to most people who live and work in San Francisco, experienced composters that we are. Some here are compost holdouts and need to get with the program, but in total we are getting our city a little closer to zero waste everyday. And in that context it was nice, at least for a few days, to read headlines like “New York City amps up food recycling, while San Francisco shows the way.”

Art made from garbage delights travelers at SFO

Posted in Events, Recology, San Francisco, You Should Know... by ecotulip on June 25, 2013

News release

San Francisco, Calif. (June 25, 2013) – Recology announced today the launch of a web page featuring SFO Museum’s exhibition of work from the Recology Artist in Residence Program at the United Terminal. The Art of Recology, highlights this innovative art program that was founded to challenge the way we think about waste, consumption, and art.

The video and slide show, located at, allow those who can’t see the exhibition in person to experience the artwork online. More than 100 pieces made by 45 Bay Area artists who have participated in the program are on display.

“The purpose of the program is to encourage recycling, help San Franciscans think outside of the box, and help us get to Zero Waste,” said program manager Deborah Munk. “Recology believes that art has the power to influence behavior and inspire new ways of thinking about resource conservation and sustainability.”

The exhibition is open through October 2013 and is expected to be viewed by more than 2.5 million people. The myriad of artworks displayed include a gown made from recycled San Francisco Chronicle delivery bags and a life-sized Styrofoam Hummer.

“The wide-ranging artworks stand on their own as extraordinary examples of beauty and creativity, but the larger message of the need to change our view of material goods and their disposal in the waste stream is ever present,” said Tim O’Brien, SFO Museum Curator of Exhibitions. “It’s really gratifying to see such a strong public response by visitors.”

The Recology Artist in Residence Program aims to inspire and educate by providing local artists with access to materials, a work space, and monetary and administrative support. The artists chosen for the professional residency program have 24-hour access to a studio space and can scavenge in Recology’s Public Disposal and Recycling Areas for materials. Every piece they make has to be made completely from recycled or reused materials.

Through its tours and exhibitions over the past 23 years, the Artist in Residence Program has brought together diverse communities such as artists, students, environmentalists, businesses, and educators who share a common goal of creating a more sustainable world. The program has become world renowned, sponsoring more than 100 Bay Area artists since it began in 1990.

“In my opinion, this exhibition is the highlight of the Artist in Residence Program,” Munk said. “We believe that people who visit the SFO Museum exhibition will start thinking about reuse or recycling in a way that they wouldn’t by merely getting a pamphlet in the mail.”

To watch a video about the exhibition or download images of the artwork, visit

Media Contacts:

Gina Antonini

Singer Associates

(415) 269-2237 cell

Deborah Munk


(415) 330-1415


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