The Clearwater Festival‘s roots are based in the environmental movement. In keeping true to our mission, we will continue to reduce the amount of materials going into the waste stream as we strive towards zero festival waste.
At the festival, you will notice “Zero Waste” stations where recyclables and compostables are collected separately from trash. To make sorting easier, vendors will provide food in compostable or recyclable service ware. When visiting our festival, please be sure to look for these stations to handle your waste. Volunteers will be nearby to help you sort the following categories.
In 2010, we expanded our compost collection and saved nearly 4.5 tons, or 9,000 pounds, of organic material for composting to enrich the earth and not be dumped as garbage into the waste stream. In 2011 we increased this amount to 9,900 pounds of compostable material recovered. In 2012, we expanded the number of collection stations throughout the site, bolstered our zero waste infrastructure and the number of Zero Waste volunteers and recovered 10,140 lbs. of organic material.
What we compost at the Clearwater Festival:
- All food waste
- Paper napkins
- Paper plates and cups
- Compostable plastics – utensils and cups
- Wooden skewers, chopsticks and utensils
Thanks to a recent new law in Westchester County (where our host, Croton Point Park is located), our recycling at the Clearwater Festival has increased substantially. As of June 1, 2011 we recycle plastics 1 through 7 with some limitations.
What we will be recycling:
Help us do it right and get closer to Zero Waste this year:
- Place all your recyclable items in the proper bins
- Sort your compostable items into the blue wheel carts
- Bring your own reusable mug, water bottle, utensils, or even a dish
- Only buy what you plan to consume
- Avoid bringing unnecessary materials into the event
- Avoid purchasing items with packaging that is not recyclable or compostable
- Recycle your festival program book at the end of the festival
The Clearwater Festival‘s efforts toward Zero Waste are supported by the following entities: