Environmental Learning Center
Welcome to The John A. Legnitto Environmental Learning Center (ELC), a dynamic education facility where visitors can learn about what happens to the materials placed in curbside recycling, compost, and landfill bins, as well as many ways to minimize waste and conserve natural resources.
Located in San Francisco and named after one of our beloved General Managers who passed away in 2015, the ELC houses a gallery, exhibiting work from the Artist in Residence Program, and a classroom with educational exhibits that serves as the starting point for public tours of the San Francisco Transfer Station and Recycling Center. You can visit the ELC by signing up for a tour or joining us at the next art opening.

Our Mission

The mission of the ELC is to provide engaging experiences and educational resources that inspire individuals to conserve natural resources through both personal and collective action. Our goal is to empower children and adults alike to make choices that protect our fragile planet for the benefit of generations to come. 


See What’s New at the ELC

Recology Workshops

Creating a DIY Vertical Dye Garden, part one of our first workshops series is here! Learn about the intersection of food, fashion, waste, and the environment in this three-part workshop taught by current student artist-in-residence, Leilah Talukder and UC Berekely alum, Cailyn Schmidt. Stay tuned for parts two and three: Five Food Scraps You can Turn into Natural Dyes and Basic Mending to Extend the Life of Your Clothing.

Art  |  Sustainability  |  Community – Student Artist Exhibition and Panel

To celebrate the Recology Artist in Residence Program’s student artists, we released a self-guided virtual tour of the student exhibition as well as videos highlighting a select number of student artists throughout the month of October. The Art/Community/Sustainability Student Alum Panel, facilitated by former AIR artist, Victor Yañez-Lozcano, in conversation with Hannah Quinn, Jinmei Chi, Ricki Dwyer, and Shushan Tesfuzigta was held on Tuesday, October 27th. If you missed it, be sure to check out our student artist videos on Instagram TV and Facebook.

Now Live!

Check out our new Compost Virtual Tour which will teach you all about this miracle material, how Recology processes items from your green bin, and how compost can protect soils, fight climate change, and improve our health.

Bringing Art to You

While we continue to shelter in place, our team at the Recology Artist in Residence Program is excited to bring art and inspiration to you virtually! Each week we feature past artists-in-residence on our social media pages.  These posts provide never before published details from a past exhibition, an interview with a past artist, or photos from a tour. Check it out on our Instagram at @RecologyAIR.