The GLEAN Program is a private, public, nonprofit partnership between Recology, an employee-owned resource recovery company; Metro, the regional government for the Portland metropolitan area that oversees the garbage and recycling system; and Cracked Pots, an environmental arts group.

Now in its second year, GLEAN takes its inspiration from the Artist-in-Residence Program at Recology San Francisco. The goal of the GLEAN program is to inspire creative reuse and promote public conversation about how we can create more and waste less.

The artists, selected by a jury of arts and environmental professionals, include Andrew Auble, Chandra Glaeseman, Greg Hanson, Jennifer LaMastra and Sarah Wolf Newlands. For the past six months, artists have had access to the Metro Central Transfer Station to gather materials that they have used for their work which ranges from sculpture to mixed media assemblage to wearable art.

To learn more about the artists and their experience, check out this video:

To learn more about the program and get details about the upcoming exhibition, go to

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