Our Commitment to Zero Waste

Deutschtown Music Festival is a striving to be a zero waste event! Zero waste refers to the diversion of 90% or more non-hazardous waste from the landfill through source reduction, reuse, composting, and recycling.

By taking measures to be a zero waste event, we lessen Deutschtown Music Festival’s impact on the environment and sustain its footprint for future use. We thank the Buhl Foundation for their generous support in making this zero waste initiative possible.

How you can participate at DMF:

  • Stop, read, sort! Zero Waste Stations will be located throughout the festival to help you sort your waste and keep the festival green and clean. Each station has three bins—compost, recycle, and landfill—with easy-to-understand pictures of what materials are acceptable.
  • Still not sure where to put your waste? Just ask one of Pennsylvania Resources Council’s Zero Waste Event Assistants wearing yellow vests! PRC’s environmentally-friendly support staff will be nearby to answer your questions!
  • Turn your waste into nutrient-rich soil! DMF and PRC have coordinated with festival vendors to provide compostable serviceware! Make sure your waste is marked “compostable” or fits the criteria at the Zero Waste Stations before tossing it in the compost bin. Small amounts of contamination can ruin an entire batch of compost!
  • Travel Green: Bike, walk, or take public transportation to the festival to reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Reuse whenever possible: Bring a reusable water bottle and refill it throughout the day. It takes 3x the amount of water to produce the plastic bottle than it does to fill it and approximately 38 billion water bottles are landfilled in the U.S. each year.

Learn more about how you can reduce your waste by visiting Pennsylvania Resources Council’s Zero Waste Zone at Deutschtown Music Festival or visit the Zero Waste Pennsylvania webpage.