The crowd at Indio, Calif.’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is getting bigger with every new year. But with more people comes more trash.
In April, the festival added an extra weekend into the previously one-weekend-only festival, upping total attendance to more than 150,000 people. While that might be a positive thing for promoters, bands and fans, it can make for some interesting recycling and waste-reduction challenges that call for out of the box solutions.
In 2004, the festival joined with Global Inheritance to present TRASHed :: The Art of Recycling, an interactive exhibit of artistically designed recycling bins that encourages festival goers to recycle.
This year, fans can submit their own recycling bin design for a chance to win free passes to the 2013 edition of festival – a pretty hefty prize for artistic music lovers considering passes would normally set you back $350 for a general admission, three-day ticket. Selected designers will be informed by February 12, 2013 and will be mailed a 65-gallon bin to turn their artistic vision into reality. They will then bring their piece to the festival and choose which festival weekend they’d like to attend – April 12-14 or April 19-21.
Once the festivities are over, decorated bins will be distributed to schools throughout California.