What We Do

ReCreate is committed to reducing waste in our community—and inspiring others to do the same—through art, education, and imagination. 

How We Do It

ReCreate collects safe, clean, unbelievably cool—but unwanted—items from local businesses, diverting over 70 tons of material from landfill each year.

And just what do we do with these reclaimed treasures?

We stock our ReUse Store and EcoArt Studio.

At our ReUse Store, knitters, crafters, teachers, costume-makers, scrap-bookers, and holiday-decoration enthusiasts can find an array of exciting goods for their projects, all at “pay-what-you-can” prices!

Visitors to our EcoArt Studio, where we hold drop-in hours, scheduled classes, camps, and birthday parties, get to use our supercool diverted materials for their creations.

We educate.

Last year ReCreate took its More Art! Less Waste! program to over 15,000 elementary school students in the West Placerville area.  In addition to this program, we offer a multitude of workshops at our site, from “caregiver-and-me” crafting for toddlers to fine arts classes for adults to catapult-themed summer camps for tomorrow’s engineers—all using the materials we diverted from landfill, simultaneously helping our planet and educating people on why we should reduce, reuse, and recycle. (Stay tuned for our upcoming STE(A)M Train program that will expand our educational efforts to emphasize science, technology, art, and math. All aboard!)

We reach out to our community.

You may see our colorful, can’t-miss-it Rolling ReCreate truck at fairs, festivals, or special events held by local businesses such as IKEA or Whole Foods. We provide materials (diverted, of course) and tools for a free, on-the-spot art experience. Our fun facilitators, armed with glue guns and boundless creativity, can bring out the artistic genius in anyone.