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Austin is always light years ahead of the rest of Texas. The Austin City Limits festival is making every effort to reduce their carbon footprint and be as environmentally friendly as possible.

The festival currently makes large numbers of trash and recycling bins available with high visibility throughout the grounds. The organizers of the festival suggest strong use of public transportation, bicycles and on foot. Shuttle buses make the round trip from downtown Austin to the main entrance of the festival all day long. Plenty of bike racks are available for those that plan to ride their bicycles to the ACL. In addition to the bike racks their will also be two bicycle business stands conveniently located outside each entrance for anyone who may need supplies or a repair.

This will be the second year in which they will work with Texas Disposal Systems. A composting receptacle was added to the trash and recycle bins for the purpose of diverting even more trash from the landfill. As a part of Austin Eats, vendors serving within the food court are encouraged to use compost ready dishes, utensils and containers.

Boxed Water is Better is offering recycled water boxes this year. 76% of the box is made from recyclable resources and 20 % of their profits are donated to world water foundations and reforestation foundations. The boxes may be refilled at one of the Camelback water stations or they may be recycled.

Rock & Recycled is a program that involves patrons collecting recyclables and adding them to large green, plastic bags emblazoned with the Rock & Recycle. One filled bag entitles a person to a special edition Austin City Limits Music Festival t-shirt. Collectors are encouraged to obtain the recycled materials from patrons before they are tossed on the ground or off of the ground once they have made their way there. Last year, Rock & Recycle was able to reduce trash to the landfill by 62% and prevent over 100,000 plastic bottles from being tossed away.

Every event should take the initiative to put these programs in place!




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