A Universal Message: Waste does not belong in nature, always take it home with you
Waste Management is a collaborative effort between all of us. We’ll handle all the waste generated on our side of the operations, and ask that you handle the waste you generate at your campsites – please take it home with you, back to where it came from.
Tip 1: REDUCE. Tip 2: RE-SORT.
To ease the operation of bringing your waste home, create as little as possible. Ask if you really need to bring all that food and consumables (will half of it go to waste?). Eliminate any packaging – don’t buy items with packaging, and if you do leave the packaging at home.
Create separate waste streams in your campground for recycling, compost, and landfill. Collapse containers to save room. Our monitors at waste stations will accept your well-sorted compost, which will prevent you from having to deal with leaky or smelly garbage on the way home.
If you sort well, you will have little to no landfill items to take home with you. Cash for recycling can be found at a RePlanet recycling station near you – search for it on google maps.
Save room in your vehicle to pack waste on the way out.
Remember to clean your campground area before you leave.
Tip 3: Come Prepared
• trash bags for different waste streams
• reusable cups, plates, and utensils for vending areas
• a cigarette butt container to carry with you
• a separate container to bring used batteries to a recycler
• plastic water bottles or containers (we provide free water, bring a canteen)
• disposable styrofoam coolers
• one time use anything (tents, rugs, etc)
• cellophane, plastic wrap, or superfluous packaging
Our Waste Management Efforts Are Paying Off
Last year we diverted 67% of waste from landfill, up from 38% in 2010. A quarter of our waste was compost, and 41% was recycled.
We are excited about all the comments we have received from attendees about how their new awareness around waste has carried into their lives and changed their behavior around treating the world as disposable. We are making ripples!
Test your knowledge on “How To LIB”, the environmentally friendly way, with the: How To LIB Quiz“.
WHAT GOES WHERE:
COMPOST: Green bins.
Food waste – YES meat, seafood, dairy, bones are all okay
SOILED paper and cardboard – YES waxed paper and cardboard like milk cartons and tea bags are okay. NO soy/nut milk boxes with plastic on them are not.
Vendor-provided cutlery (cups, plates, all utensils – including coffee and beer cups). If in doubt, it should say “Compostable” on it.
Untreated wood, landscaping: e.g., a bamboo fork. If production delivers wood to the dumpsters, it should have all nails/screws removed. If it is untreated, it goes in compost.
ALL THE WET ORGANIC MATERIAL GOES HERE
RECYCLING: Blue bins.
ALL RECYCLING IS DRY. NO FOOD/DRINK RESIDUE.
Rinsed or emptied glass (bottles, jars) – no half-filled bottles.
Aluminum cans and foil – please crush it
Clean tin food and paint cans – no paint allowed. No aerosols.
Unsoiled and dry paper food boxes (cereal, crackers)
Clean plastic (including the non-compostable cups, bags, forks)
Dry cardboard (flatten!) and paper
Clean plastic bags and plastic wraps (cellophane is okay)
LANDFILL: Grey bins.
Chip bags & candy wrappers
Nut milk / juice cartons with plastic tops
Soiled plastic bags, plastic wraps
Soiled recyclables that cannot be cleaned
ALL WET UNCLEANABLE INORGANIC MATERIAL GOES HERE
HAZARDOUS: Do not put in bins/dumpsters
Electronics: batteries, fluorescent bulbs, cell phones, etc.
Solvents: oil or enamel paint, non-eco cleaners, turpentine, glue, chemicals
Flammable items: propane tanks, aerosols, turpentine
Automotive: motor oil, antifreeze
“Waste is a signal that a natural cycle has been broken.”
We strive to source our materials from reused, recycled, and rapidly renewable places as much as possible. We value repurposing all ‘waste’ into a new use, whether it be a stage, art, or something else entirely.
In the past, our stage and art installation materials have consisted of:
• repurposed pallets for stages
• repurposed trash for stages and art
• reused art, nature, and other decorative objects
• bamboo and rattan stages
• art made from nature
LIB’s Materials Initiatives Also Include:
• Recycled, low VOC, healthy, organic materials: everything from the toilet paper and cleaners to the T-shirts and food
• Printing on recycled paper with low-VOC inks
• Reclaimed paints
• Encouraging attendees to BRING YOUR OWN DISHES AND CUTLERY
• Mandatory green vendor policies requiring vendors to use 100% compostable disposables and to participate in our green initiatives such as composting and recycling, and sourcing from local, healthy sources as much as possible.