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article imageRock & Recycle program readies itself for Lollapalooza in Chicago

By Tim O'Brien     Aug 1, 2012 in Entertainment
Chicago - When a concert is held, there will be waste left behind when the throngs leave the scene. Not only that, the garbage that is generated during the event.
That is why when it is announced that there will be efforts to combat this will be often described as a green thing. With Lollapalooza, that is the case.
As the sponsor of Lollapalooza's Rock & Recycle program this year, Recycled Paper Greetings puts a fresh spin on the event at Grant Park in Chicago. The concert runs from Aug. 3-5. Rock & Recycle is encouraging festival-goers to collect recyclables throughout the park in exchange for prizes and swag.
"We are thrilled to be sponsoring the Rock & Recycle Program at Lollapalooza this year," said Sue Buchta, president of Papyrus-Recycled Greetings.
A release from them describes the plan. The four Rock & Recycle centers will be located throughout the Lollapalooza grounds and will be open all three days of the festival. The creative environment of the festival in combination with the commitment to reducing waste was the perfect fit for Recycled Paper Greetings.
Last year, nearly 56 percent of waste was diverted from landfills during show days, and a large portion of this was collected through the program. "This program reinforces our commitment to the environment and sustainable practices in an atmosphere that connects and entertains consumers with unique artistic voices, just like Recycled Paper Greetings," added Buchta.
Lollapalooza has been a staple on the music festival scene since its inception in 1991 as the first large-scale U.S. showcase for alternative music. The Rock & Recycle Program was started in 2005, and nearly 3,000 fans participate annually.
As for Lollapalooza, the event is celebrating its 20th year. The event's website notes this, too. "It's hard to believe it's been twenty years since Lollapalooza first took the stage with amplifiers cranked to eleven. From the early days when flannel-clad grunge rockers cleared out mosh pits for bands like Soundgarden and Pearl Jam to the present, when Arcade Fire and Kanye West draw gigantic crowds of all ages, the festival has taken on a life of its own, infused with the incredible energy of fans and the artists that rock them."
To get an idea of what is allowed and not allowed, and perhaps help, along the way. Here are two lists to note when attending.
The following items are allowed at Lollapalooza:
- Blankets, sheets and towels
- Umbrellas (only hand-held)
- Soft-sided coolers
- Baby strollers
- Two factory-sealed water bottles (up to 1 liter each)
- Empty CamelBak or CamelBak water bottles; other empty plastic container, etc.
- Binoculars
- Non-professional recording equipment (point and shoot cameras, flip video cameras, etc.)
The following items are not allowed at Lollapalooza:
- Weapons of any kind, including fireworks or explosives (of any kind)
- Illegal or illicit substances of any kind
- Large backpacks (framed, hiking backpacks, etc.)
- Glass containers and metal aerosol cans, including sunscreen in aerosol cans.
- Outside food or drinks (including alcohol), except two factory-sealed water bottles (up to 1 liter each)
- Skateboards, scooters or personal motorized vehicles
- Bicycles inside festival grounds (bike racks are available).
- Carts, tents and chairs of any kind
- Hard-sided coolers
- Pets (except service dogs)
- Professional recording (photo, video, audio) equipment (no detachable zoom lens, tripods or other commercial equipment
- No unauthorized/unlicensed vendors allowed. No unauthorized solicitations, handbills, sampling, give-aways, etc.
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