Waste Reduction

Hundreds of blue water bottles used as art upside down in the sand on the beach

Waste Reduction

GOAL: DIVERT 70% OF WASTE FROM LANDFILL BY 2020

Chart for 2020 goal progress of waste diversion rate

AEG’s company-wide diversion rate decreased by a few percentages points, falling from 58% in 2016 to 55% in 2017. Our diversion rate has stayed relatively constant year-to-year since 2014 and we will need to make significant improvements to achieve 70% diversion by 2020.

At several venues we instituted food waste collection and on-site processing programs. Also, in 2017 AEG 1EARTH joined the United States Composting Council to further educate ourselves about best practices for food waste prevention and organics recycling.

At the moment, we are in talks with our various food and beverage concessionaires to audit our serviceware usage to minimize the amount of single-use plastics distributed during our events. For example, we are looking at opportunities to install more water refill stations at our festivals and venues and are in the process of piloting a new company-wide straw initiative to eliminate plastic straws and only offer ocean-friendly paper straws upon request.