Tackling waste during
artistic and cultural events:
they’re doing it!

How can cultural and artistical events organizers reduce their environmental impact by tackling the waste issue?
Let’s dive together into an inspiring world of very concrete examples that have already been tested and implemented by events organizers across the globe!

We Love Green (France)

74% of the waste was recovered during the 2018 edition of the festival:
32.7 tons of CO2 saved,
the equivalent of 33 Paris-New York flights!

We love green festival


Plastic reduction:

  • Free water points and distribution of 2000 gourdes by the CRIPS,
  • Ecocup with a deposit system,
  • Distributions of reusable water bottles for the technical teams and glass water jugs for the Think Tank stage and for the artists,
  • 100% compostable and composted tableware, all restaurateurs obtain their tableware from Unikeco.

Paper reduction:

  • Dematerialized ticketing,
  • WE LOVE GREEN mobile application with music programming and conferences, practical information, but also the entertainment program and restaurant owners’ menus,
  • Ban on the distribution of paper flyers.

Scenography built from recycled elements:

  • The festival collects from regional resourceries or events the materials to build its scenographic installations: 250 wooden pallets, 700m² of wood, 400 cleats, 300m² of polypropylene, 80L of paint: Farrow and Ball, 350m² of tarpaulins, 400m2 of fabrics, 400kg of polluting plastic waste.

Dry toilets:

  • 100% dry toilets on the festival, saving 2.4 million litres of water,
  • Recycled wood chips from a ST GOBAIN wood workshop, wood from Picardy forests, untreated,
  • In the VIP area, Ecosec ecological toilets: cabins running on solar energy, allow urine recovery in order to create a mineral fertilizer derived from urine phosphate.


Sorting device:

  • 13 flows: Household waste, Cardboard, Multi Materials, PET Bottles, Cellophane, Glass, Bulky Garbage, Food Compost, Litter, Wood, Edible Oils, Butts, Batteries,
  • 4 flows in the general public area: Compost, Multi-materials, Household Garbage and Butts
  • Mandatory sorting by both the technical team and the general public,
  • Training of bartenders, restaurateurs in sorting flows,
  • Green Brigade: a team of 110 volunteers dedicated to waste management and sorting, a team composed mainly of volunteers from the association CliMates.

Circular economy:

  • Materials for the construction of the scenography are given to other eco-responsible festivals for reuse (climax, solidays, canal house etc…),
  • Wood recovered and recycled by Co-Recyclage,
  • Plastic bottles, cans and cellophane that have nevertheless managed to slip through the festival site are recycled and reintegrated into a circular economy circuit,
  • Oils used by restorers are recovered by Ecogras,
  • Redistribution of unsold items (the equivalent of 800 meals) thanks to Linkee, restos du cœur and Emmaüs Solidarité.

Valorization measures::

  • Methanisation: bio-waste was methanised in a plant in the Île de France region (94) by Syctom, through the Town Hall of the 12th arrondissement.
  • Compost: 14,000 litres of compost have been created and 17,000 litres of urine recycled into agricultural fertilizer.
  • Cigarette butts collection: recycled in France’s leading butt processing plant, with our partner MéGo.
Logo we love green

WE LOVE GREEN is a festival of contemporary music taking place every year in early June in the heart of the Bois de Vincennes (France). It is conceived above all as a laboratory for sustainable development. Every year, the team implements numerous measures to raise awareness about the organization of eco-responsible events. These measures include, among others, 100% sustainable energy for the festival; local, seasonal and 60% vegetarian food; awareness-raising actions with the festival’s conference and debate scene, THINK TANK, the presence of numerous environmental associations and the Start Up Incubator, communication around sustainable transport, a free water supply and upstream and downstream actions to reduce waste.

Electronic Music DGTL Festivals (The Netherlands)

The World-renowned electronic music festival DGTL welcomes some 40,000 visitors to the NDSM-Docklands in Amsterdam North every year. For a second year running, Metabolic joined forces with the DGTL team on their mission to become the world’s first circular festival by 2020. To discover how, click on the image below:

Collectif des festivals de Bretagne (France)

The “Collectif” is a non-profit organization gathering 30 festivals across the french Brittany region who have signed a Charter committing themselves to organize events on a more sustainable way. Check out their many riches resources and tools:

Logo Le collectif des festivals

Climax Bordeaux (France)

Woodstower (France)

Woodstower festival have been recognised as a pioneer in environmental and sustainable initiatives. Nominated as part of the Top 4 most eco-friendly festivals in 2018 by Infoconcert, Woodstower has been forerunner and pilot in the field of sustainable development in all its aspects (social, environmental, economic), the festival keeps developing sustainable projects while working to develop new actions each year. To learn more about their actions, click on the image below:

Slow Food Youth Schnippeldisko (Germany)

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