MANCHESTER, TENN. (CelebrityAccess) – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in partnership with Eco-Products® have today (Nov. 7) announced that they were able to turn 180 tons of would-be food and packaging trash into compostable treasure after this year’s sold-out four-day event back in June.
As part of the partnership, Bonnaroo – which takes place annually at Great Stage Park, a 900-acre farm and event space located 60 miles southeast of Nashville in Manchester, Tenn. – collected and processed the waste right onsite, including tens of thousands of compostable cups, plates and utensils made by Eco-Products of Boulder, CO.
According to a release, Bonnaroo has been partnering with Eco-Products for the past eight years to supply compostable products like beer cups, plates, food trays, forks and other items. Because all of the packaging at Bonnaroo is compostable, festival attendees do not have to separate their uneaten fries or pizza crusts from the plate. All of that goes into compost bins that are provided throughout the festival grounds.
“We’re committed to helping create not just an amazing festival, but the greenest festival, and a big part of that is partnering with Eco-Products,” said Anna Borofsky, co-owner of Clean Vibes – Bonnaroo’s waste-diversion partner. “Our goal is to set the standard in sustainability for concert events, and the partnership with Eco-products helps us ensure a clean compost stream, which in turn ensures we achieve substantive results in our waste diversion efforts.”
“We’re proud to be part of Bonnaroo, a festival that aspires to be the most sustainable in North America,” added Sarah Martinez, Director of Marketing at Eco-Products. “This is the kind of partnership where everyone benefits – from the festival to the fans to the environment. It’s exciting to see our compostable cups and plates serve tens of thousands of fans, then get turned into tons of compost to serve the farm.”
Bonnaroo is one of several festivals that partners with Eco-Products to use compostable packaging as a vehicle for keeping both the packaging and food scraps out of landfills. Others include the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado and Outside Lands in San Francisco.