Sustainability at Canal Convergence

Martin Taylor and the Chromaforms Art Collective used 5,000 upcycled plastic bottles to create Re-Cyclone, which made its debut at Burning Man in early September 2018 and was featured at Canal Convergence in November 2018.

The Commitment

Scottsdale Public Art is partnering with Scottsdale Solid Waste and local businesses to reduce the amount of waste at Canal Convergence each year. Our goal is to divert up to 90 percent of non-hazardous waste materials through recycling and composting efforts.


Our success in a sustainable event requires strong relationships with our partners to boost the economic, social and environmental significance of Scottsdale. The Canal Convergence team works to develop our event around eco-conscious efforts that reinforce our zero-waste goal. Below are examples of this year’s efforts:

  1. We are working with Scottsdale Solid Waste to provide the event with three-compartment bins with divisions for trash, recycling and composting. Solid Waste will also be on site to provide tips for increasing their sustainability efforts at home.
  2. All food waste from the event will be composted and processed with Recycled City, a Valley business that collects compost and delivers it to local farms and gardens.
  3. All food vendors at Canal Convergence will be required to use food service disposables that are compostable and/or biodegradable.
  4. Patrons will be encouraged to bring reusable water bottles from home that may be filled at water stations at the event, diverting plastic bottles from the landfill.
  5. Canal Convergence is partnering with rideshare companies to encourage carpooling to the Scottsdale Waterfront for the event. This will help lower carbon emissions, reduce fuel consumption and relieve parking congestion.
  6. Biking to the event is encouraged. Additional partners like Lime Bike and Bird are available for bicycle rentals, enabling visitors to enjoy a leisurely ride through Old Town Scottsdale or along the Waterfront on their way to Canal Convergence.
  7. Our food and beverage vendors are Arizona-based companies that sell a variety of locally-sourced products. By supporting them, visitors to Canal Convergence are helping local farms, artisans and small business owners.
  8. All of our artists are encouraged to submit proposals that implement and/or encourage sustainable practices. Many of the art installations use energy-saving LEDs. Re-Cyclone by Martin Taylor and the Chromaforms Art Collective, was constructed from 5,000 upcycled plastic water bottles collected by students in California. Taylor will also present a workshop, where participants will use plastic bottle caps collected by Scottsdale Public Art to create a communal 3D mosaic mural.
  9. A portion of our programming is sustainability-focused, including Vermicompost 101 by Michael Jennings, where participants will create their own worm-composting bins. Artist Ann Morton will also host a workshop to teach participants how to make LED-illuminated holiday garlands from recyclables.
  10. Scottsdale Public Art is working with Scottsdale Solid Waste and local artists to develop proposals to use metal recycled from old Dumpsters to build permanent trash and recycling receptacles along the canal banks.