In 2015 we achieved some major accomplishments towards our greening goals!
- Diverted 5,560 pounds of food waste from back-of-house vendor areas and public eating areas. (a 30.5 percent increase over 2014 food waste collection and diversion, which was 4,260 pounds.)
- Attendees took advantage of Klean Kanteen’s reusable container options, purchasing 4,872 reusable Klean Kanteen cups.
- 29,232 single-use cups diverted from the landfill.
- Klean Kanteen distributed 4,824 gallons of water through 4 water bottle refilling stations
- The refilling stations diverted approximately 38,594 plastic water bottles
- Trip Zero offset a total of 138,347 lbs of CO2 this year.
- Volunteers and staff brought in 30, 32-gallon bags of trash off the streets and surrounding areas.
California Roots Festival is committed to being 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 again collaborate with The Offset Project (TOP), a local nonprofit, to reduce its waste and associated environmental impacts, including emissions, and to conserve natural resources. TOP will work with vendors on purchasing only compostable and recyclable food ware, and will educate vendors on separating all compostable and recyclable materials in the back of the house. In the public concession areas, attendees 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 compostable 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.
Attendees are encouraged to bring an empty water container to the festival and utilize one of our many purified water refill stations. The 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 a free bicycle and skateboard valet, so you can cruise to the show without having the worry of someone taking your ride.