As festival patrons, the best thing you can do is to pack out all of the materials that you brought with you. Bring garbage bags with you. If you are at a festival where food vendors are present, pay attention to the waste streams, educate yourself and divert your own waste. Hand sort your own trash and recyclables. Learn about composting while you’re at it.
If you notice litter on the ground, pick it up, even if it's not yours. Volunteering to do the right thing is infections and can start random act of kindness chain. Avoid single use items and decorating your camp with single use decorations. Bringing your own reusable bottles, plates and cutlery helps too and will reduce yours and the festivals footprint. When you are leaving the festival make sure you M.O.O.P your campsite, and do not leave bags of trash at your campsite. What is M.O.O.P? MOOP is Matter Out Of Place. Anything that is not natural to the nature you are camping in. Most commonly MOOP can also be known as “micro-trash” These are things like small wrappers, glow sticks, small pieces of plastic, glitter, rhinestones and of course cigarette butts. Unpackage your camping gear at home before bringing it to the festival. If you have any camping gear that you no longer need, you can donate them to a homeless shelter.
If you have ripped clothing, mending your clothes rather than getting rid of them Bring your materials to your festivals sorting and transfer station Repurpose, Reuse, Repair, Reduce, Recycle to minimize your waste that goes to landfills. Realize there is no such thing as throwing something “away”. It ALL stays on planet Earth. And now, you are more conscious, now you are more aware. Now you are a better inhabitant of planet Earth.