Volunteers Sorting Waste


Pounds of Waste Diverted from Landfills


% Diversion Rate

Nelsonville Music Festival is once again working with Rural Action’s Zero Waste Program to provide waste diversion and materials management within the festival grounds. This is the 13th year of our continued partnership. Working hard over the years our system has been refined and improved in our effort to strive for ‘Zero Waste,’ after hitting a 94% diversion rate in 2015, we still managed to make a 92% diversion rate in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Our team collected and sorted through all the materials generated within the festival grounds in order to separate both recyclable and compostable materials and prevent them from entering the landfill. This report contains the results of this year’s efforts, the process used to achieve these results, as well as opportunities and suggestions for future improvement and greater success.