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 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.


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 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 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 of our artists are encouraged to submit proposals that implement and/or encourage sustainable practices. Many of the art installations use energy-saving LEDs.
  9. A portion of our programming is sustainability-focused, including a workshop from our partner Scottsdale Water about improving your water conservation at home.
  10. Scottsdale Public Art is working with Scottsdale Solid Waste Services and a local artist to use metal recycled from old Dumpsters to build permanent trash and recycling receptacles along the canal banks.