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By Ian Skotte
More than 650 volunteers and employees of Clean Vibes, an event waste and recycling service, walked arm-to-arm for four days picking up cigarette butts, bottle caps and other trash left behind following the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
Clean Vibes was in charge of all recycling and trash clean up, according to city of Manchester officials.
When it’s all said and done, according to owner and founder of Clean Vibes, Anna Borofsky, more than 120 tons of recycled material will be sent to All In One Recycling in Murfreesboro.
“We are very excited to announce that this year Clean Vibes will be partnering with a new local recycling facility, All In One Recycling just up the road in Murfreesboro,” Bonnaroo officials stated in a press release. “This partnership will allow you to recycle items that could not be recycled in the past at Bonnaroo .”
All plastic containers, mixed paper, aluminum and tin cans, drink cartons, and plastic packaging such as plastic grocery bags and plastic sheeting were able to be recycled at Bonnaroo this year.
There were even so-called “trash talkers” surrounding various trash cans to assist concertgoers on how to properly dispose of their waste.
“There’s room for improvement, but it’s gotten better,” Borofsky said of the recycled materials by fans.
Borofsky added a majority of waste comes from the campgrounds where more than 80,000 music lovers spent the weekend.
“It takes about four days to clean up, but to ensure everything is disposed of – it’s a weeklong venture,” said Borofsky . “The goal is to turn [the festival grounds] back in to a farm.”
Trash gets diverted from the festival to a local landfill, according to Borofsky . The latest figures from this year’s festival have not been released; however, at last year’s festival — Clean Vibes collected 327,540 pounds of waste recycled or reused with 140,000 pounds of waste composted on site.
In 2011, 356,640 pounds of waste was recycled or reused with 120,000 pounds of waste composted on site and 298,560 pounds of waste recycled with 90,000 pounds of waste composted on site the previous year.
Clean Vibes operates at number of large venue events including the Great Googa Mooga in Brooklyn, N.Y.; San Francisco’s Outside Lands; the Life is Good Festival in Canton, Mass. and more.
Clean Vibes works with event production staff to determine the waste management needs of the event to provide the best service. Working with local waste management haulers we can orchestrate the entire clean up from start to finish.