A important message about water and plastic
We are aware of the negative impact plastic bottles have on the environment. For the past year, our staff has explored several alternatives for water sales at large public events and have yet to find something workable. Selling water is one of the few sources of income we have, which makes it possible to offer the festival free to the public and pay all our performers and artists. We will continue to search for better options. If you would like to become a water sponsor for next year’s festival and help us eliminate single-use bottles, OR if you have ideas about other strategies, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to hear from you.
We are partnering with the City of Tucson Environmental Services to make sure the water bottles sold at TMY go through maximum recycling rates. Our Green Team Volunteers will assist festival audiences sort recyclable materials. TMY is proud to achieve a 30-50% rate of diversion from landfills for all waste collected at the event.
Consider purchasing one of our TMY reusable bottles or bringing your own. We offer free refills to anyone with their own bottle.
None of our food vendors are permitted to use Styrofoam.
We are researching ways to eliminate the use of plastic bottles.
This year, due to circumstances out of our control in the larger compost markets in Pima County, our Green Stations will only offer Recycling (no food composting this year). For many years we worked with the UA Compost Cats to divert food waste from the festival from the landfill and funnel it towards compost. Of the 20,000 pounds of food waste generated annually at TMY, some 33% (5280 pounds) was converted into compost, which supported soil improvement at the San Xavier Co-op Farm. Be sure to sort your trash properly at the trash sites.