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Art at the Dump - Tour Recology SF's Artist In Residence Program

Come explore the unusual creative environment, sculpture garden and active artist in resident program at the San Francisco Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Center - otherwise known as the dump.

San Francisco has one of the nation's most progressive recycling and composting programs, providing collection, recycling, compost, and disposal services. But the dump also offers a unique twist on sustainability: An artist residency program. Join us for a fascinating look behind the scenes at San Francisco's most unusual creative space.

The San Francisco Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Center is a 46-acre facility that includes the garbage transfer station, the Household Hazardous Waste Facility, the Organics Annex, the Public Disposal and Recycling Area (“The Dump”), and other recycling facilities.

The Sculpture Garden at Recology San Francisco may be only existing park of its kind at a garbage company. This private, three-acre facility contains more than thirty-five sculptures made by former artists-in-residence, with new pieces added each year. All tours of the company include a visit to the garden.

The tour consists of a discussion about recycling and sustainability, a trip to the art studio to meet the current artist-in-residence, a stop at the Household Hazard Waste Facility, an unforgettable visit to the transfer station and finally a walk through the sculpture garden.



  • Saturday, October 20
  • 503 Tunnel Ave, San Francisco
  • 10am-12:30pm
  • Ages 18+ please
  • All participants must wear pants and close toed shoes. Boots with thick soles preferred. Anyone with improper foot wear will not be allowed on tour.
  • Hard hats, vests, and glasses are required and will be supplied on site.You must sign a release liability form before joining the tour which we will provide for you.
  • This facility is dusty and dirty, if you have asthma or are pregnant, please notify one of the guides.
  • Photography is only allowed in the Environmental Learning Center, Art Studio, and Sculpture Garden.