Since our inaugural year in 2008, Communikey has featured a festival-wide Zero Waste Program. This program allows festival attendees to easily separate landfill trash, recycling and biodegradable (compostable) materials at each of our Zero Waste Stations throughout the festival. It is Communikey’s goal to come as close to 100% diversion of the festival waste stream away from the landfill. The Sustainbility Team strives to meet this goal by directly working with each venue to facilitate the use of compostable/biodegradable and recyclable products in the bars, bathrooms and food service areas and encourages the use of reusable items whenever possible.
Zero Waste programs reduce stress on our natural environment, divert materials from landfills and encourage reuse, recycling and composting of materials. Music festivals in the US alone generate hundreds of tons of waste that is sent to landfills each year. In fact, according to the US EPA “the average American generates 4.6 pounds of trash per day”.
We encourage you to look out for our Zero Waste stations in each venue and make use of them throughout the festival! Click here to find out more about Communikey’s sustainability initiatives.
“Zero waste is a philosophy and a design principle for the 21st Century; it is not simply about putting an end to landfilling. Aiming for zero waste is not an end-of-pipe solution. That is why it heralds fundamental change. Aiming for zero waste means designing products and packaging with reuse and recycling in mind. It means ending subsidies for wasting. It means closing the gap between landfill prices and their true costs. It means making manufacturers take responsibility for the entire lifecycle of their products and packaging. Zero waste efforts, just like recycling efforts before, will change the face of solid waste management in the future. Instead of managing wastes, we will manage resources and strive to eliminate waste.”
- Institute for Local Self Reliance (Washington DC)