Les Schwab Amphitheater institutes new sustainable initiative for all concerts

Just in time for concert season, Les Schwab Amphitheater is launching its new “take note initiative.” The initiative started with its season opener, the Alabama Shakes concert, which was held May 27. The new sustainability initiative is designed to reduce waste and make the amphitheater a more environmentally friendly venue.

Take note initiative elements include:

  • Reusable pint program: Patrons may purchase reusable Les Schwab Amphitheater Silipints for $20 filled with beer or cider. Those who wish to refill their Silipint with additional beer or cider will receive $1 off their purchase price. These pints are meant to be brought back and used all season long at the venue’s 2016 ticketed concerts.
  • Compostable cups: Beer and cider will also be available for purchase in compostable cups. All wine and mixed drinks will be sold in compostable cups, though the intention of the venue is to expand the program with smaller Silipint sizes and other alternative drinkware options down the road, to include these beverages. No outside cups or pints can be used for purchased beer or cider. In addition, all food vendors will use 100 percent compostable cups, plates and utensils.
  • No plastic bottles: No single-use plastic bottles will be available for purchase during any concert, although patrons can bring and use their own cups and bottles to fill with water from drinking fountains and the soon-to-be-installed hydration stations. Visitors can also stop by the concierge tent to purchase single or double-walled canteens or pick up a free compostable cup.
  • Waste disposal program: Recycling, waste management and composting will be provided by The Broomsmen, a local group that is committed to promoting zero-waste events throughout the Central Oregon community.

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