California Roots Festival has committed to becoming a zero-waste event, diverting all vendor organics and recyclables from the landfill as well as composting in public concession areas. The California Roots Festival will work with The Offset Project (TOP), a local nonprofit, to reduce its waste and associated environmental impacts, including emissions, and to conserve natural resources.
As a first step, TOP will work with vendors on purchasing only compostable and recyclable foodservice ware, and will educate vendors on separating all compostable and recyclable materials in the back of the house. All compostable foodservice ware is made entirely from plants and certified to turn into compost; it will be sourced from our partner, World Centric. In the public concession areas, spectators will see zero-waste stations, consisting of recycling, composting and trash options, and manned by volunteers who will educate festival-goers on proper separation. All materials will go through a final separation process before compostables are sent to the Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD). At the MRWMD facility, compostable materials enter an anaerobic digester, which captures methane emissions and converts the methane into usable electricity. After 21 days in the digester, the organics are further processed and sent as compost to local vineyards, golf courses or other sites.
Klean Kanteen will join forces with California Roots once again in an effort to improve our greening. Attendees are encouraged to bring an empty water container to the festival and utilize one of our many purified water refill stations, provided by Klean Kanteen. The Klean Kanteen pint program is another opportunity for festival goers to not only continue our mission in becoming a fully green festival, but save money and return home with a unique souvenir. In order to further conserve our environment, we not only encourage attendees to carpool to the event, but even take into consideration using transportation that does not use a form of gasoline. Like years prior, the California Roots Festival will have bicycle and skateboard valet check-in, so you can cruise to the show without having the worry of someone taking your ride.