Sustainability at Canal Convergence

Bring your reusable water bottle and fill it up at the city of Scottsdale’s Choose Tap! water trailer at Marshall Way Bridge during the event. This helps us cut down on plastic waste.

The Commitment

Scottsdale Public Art partners with Scottsdale Solid Waste Services and local businesses to reduce the amount of waste at Canal Convergence each year. Our goal is to divert up to 95 percent of non-hazardous waste materials through recycling and composting efforts. We also partner with Scottsdale Water to bring in the Choose Tap! water trailer and have it available for Canal Convergence patrons to fill their reusable bottles throughout the event and reduce plastic waste.


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 work with Scottsdale Solid Waste Services to provide three-compartment bins with divisions for trash, recycling, and composting at the event. Solid Waste Services will also be on site to provide tips for increasing 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 are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles to be filled at the city of Scottsdale’s Choose Tap! water trailer at Marshall Way Bridge, helping us divert plastic bottles from the landfill.
  5. Canal Convergence encourages the use of rideshare companies to carpool to the Scottsdale Waterfront for the event. This helps lower carbon emissions, reduces fuel consumption, and relieves parking congestion.
  6. Biking to the event is encouraged. Enjoy a leisurely ride through Old Town Scottsdale or along the Waterfront on your 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 our artists are encouraged to submit proposals that implement and/or encourage sustainable practices. Many of the art installations use energy-saving LEDs.
  9. The One Water Brewing Showcase is back! Scottsdale Water is teaming up with Canal Convergence and Arizona breweries to bring awareness to the global need for innovative water treatment technologies.
  10. One of the newest artworks in the Scottsdale Public Art Permanent Collection is Traceries, a series of artist-designed recycling bins by Mary Bates Neubauer along the south banks of the Arizona Canal at the Scottsdale Waterfront. You can now enjoy beautiful art while responsibly disposing of recyclable materials and trash.