San Francisco is already ahead of the game with its curbside compost pickup and 100% alternative fuel garbage truck fleet. Recology SF is the partner of the local garbage pickup and curbside recycling companies in San Francisco and, along with aiming for zero waste by 2020, it also sponsors the Artist in Residence Program.
The Artist In Residence Program at Recology San Francisco is a program that inspires and educates people to recycle and reuse by enlisting local artists to create art in a studio located in the Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Center. The goal of the program is to use art to inspire people to recycle more and conserve natural resources. Each artist talks to young students and adult tour groups about the experience of "turning trash into treasure."
The well-equipped studio located in downtown San Francisco gives a selected artists 24-hour access to a well-equipped studio space, access to materials San Francisco's "waste stream," a reception at the end of the residency (including marketing services and materials) and a monthly stipend.
The Artist in Residence is expected to "make a few pieces of art for the company's permanent art collection," "use materials found in San Francisco's waste stream" and "leave all of the art created during the residency with the company for 12 months."
Pictured above is art from Midway Mecanique by Paul Cesewski, Artist In Residence at the SF Dump.