Whenever you bring thousands of people together, there will always be some trash. Years ago we developed a strategy to reduce the amount of landfill and each year we work to get closer to a TRUE ZERO WASTE festival. The Lafayette Art & Wine leads Contra Costa in our diversion rate which was 84% last year and some years we have reached an 88-89% of waste diversion to landfills. Our goal this year is 94%. And here is why…
Two years ago, Outside Lands Festival had a Diversion Rate of 64%. Last year it was 92%. If they can have that kind of success with hundreds of thousands of people, we should be able to it as well. Our committee said let’s set our goal. 94% it is.
As organizers of the festival we have responsibilities:
The good news is we have choices that include being responsible to Lafayette and our planet. Together we can work towards solutions whose time has come. We are proud of our efforts and we hope you will participate joyfully in our quest. Nothing is free and this does come with some sacrifices for our vendors. Change is not easy, but in this case, there is no good alternative choice. Below are some guidelines we expect our vendors to follow. Some have already become habit, some are new. PLEASE READ THE MATERIAL COMPLETELY and contact Sara Regan with questions.
Ban on Single Use Plastic Bags and Styrofoam
On December 8, 2014, the city of Lafayette adopted Ordinance 626, regulating “Single-Use Carryout Bags” and “Food Packaging Recycling.” The regulations apply to the vendor and food booths/trucks at the annual festival. This ban applies to everyone! Retail and Food Vendors!
What type of bags can you use?
What are the requirements for Food Booths and Food Trucks?
What is the purpose of Lafayette’s “Single-Use Carryout Bag” regulations?
We have arranged with a number of our local businesses and sponsors to provide hundreds of reusable bags that we will be distributing during the festival.
We have attached a purchasing guide that can help you be prepared for the upcoming festival.
Single-Use Food Ware
Plastic Water Bottles
Refillable Water Stations
See you on September 21-22!
Executive Director, Lafayette Chamber of Commerce