Recycling as public policy and art

An editorial in today’s Savannah Morning News suggested a logical course of action for two large governmental agencies: They ought to work together.

When it comes to recycling, the more stuff removed from the waste stream, the better. That’s why it’s good news the Chatham County Commission is looking into bringing a recycling program to the unincorporated county. The county’s smaller municipalities, such as Garden City, Pooler and Port Wentworth, should also consider a recycling program.

The city of Savannah has already received entries from a request for proposals for a sorting and recovery facility. It is currently reviewing those proposals and working with the low bidders on site locations. The county could contract with the same recycler, which is expected to pay between $10 and $40 per ton of recyclables delivered, as well as the cost of running the recycling center.

Read more of “Recycling: Team up” here.

Meanwhile, at the city’s Gallery S.P.A.C.E., a recycling themed exhibition is slated to open next month. “Reincarnated: Art Showcasing Reduce, Reuse & Recycle,” features 12 local artists who use found art or recycled materials “as a conscious, creative way to cut down on waste.” The exhibition runs May 2-27 with a reception on opening night from 6-8 p.m.

Anne Robinson, outreach coordinator for the city’s Recycling Complex, organized the show. She described the genesis of the show this way:

“I recruited the artists by going to festivals and art galleries all around Savannah and seeking out pieces that were, whether intentionally or unintentionally, made with reused or recycled materials. Once I found a talented cadre of artists, we met monthly for six months to exchange ideas and materials. Reincarnated is the end result of these gatherings.”

Artists included in the exhibition are Maria Johns Brown Danielle DeMasi, Kristie Duncan, Liz Guri, Paschal Ford, Kelly Goode, Chris Harris, Lind Hollingsworth, David Kelley, Brian MacGregor, Jan Clayton Pagratis and Christopher Schell.

Gallery S.P.A.C.E. is located at 9 W. Henry St. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. More information is available here.

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Image: “Our Ocean” 2007, 5″x 7″ Oil Paint Chips and Rusty Metal on Canvas by Jan Clayton Pagratis.

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