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Summer Camp Music Festival

Summer Camp Music Festival is a three-day music festival in Northern Illinois in late May. They have a long history of working toward sustainability and supporting good causes in the local community. Their Make a Difference Team is an integral part of the festival. One aspect of their good work includes striving each year to minimize waste and create a model for greener festivals.

The Sorting Center

Summer Camp began partnering with Zero Waste Event Productions in 2017 to help run their sorting center.

The sorting center is an integral part of making sure what’s collected from patrons in compost and recycling bins is clean enough to be accepted by recycling and compost facilities.

Our sorting center goes above and beyond other sorting centers by using specially-designed conveyor belts. Over the course of the weekend, we work with around 50 volunteers in 4-hour shifts to divert over 16,000 lbs of material. Many volunteers return to our tent year after year, excited about the impact they’re making, and ready to help.

Our Impact

Recycling

Summer Camp Music Festival takes place in an area where recyclables are source separated, meaning aluminum cans, plastic bottles, cardboard, and glass must be placed in separate bins. Materials are collected together from recycling bins across the festival and then, at the sorting center, we turn contaminated comingled recycling into clean, source separated material.

In 2018 we were able to divert:

  • 77 square yards (approx. 3795 lbs) of aluminum cans
  • 90 square yards (approx. 2,880 lbs) of mixed plastics (PET, HDPE)
  • 6 square yards (approx. 2,280 lbs) of glass
  • 40 square yards (approx. 5,300) of cardboard

Compost

To be accepted by most compost facilities, food scraps and compostable serviceware must be free of plastic and other contaminants (less than .5% contamination).

We take care to decontaminate compost so all material sent to the compost facility can be processed.

In 2018 we diverted,

  • 30 square yards (approx. 2,220lbs) of compostable serviceware and food scraps.
Summer Camp Music Festival's Make a Difference Team Logo.

Project Details

CLIENT

Summer Camp Music Festival

DATE

May 24- May 26, 2019

ESTIMATED TOTAL LBS DIVERTED IN 2018

16,475

ESTIMATED TOTAL LBS DIVERTED SINCE 2017

31,659

YEARS WITH ZERO WASTE EVENT PRODUCTIONS

2

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