We’re getting there, but a waste free Roskilde Festival is still a long way to go. In the mist of an eight-day sensational ride, some of us still forget what happens, when you leave something behind. How do we improve waste mentality?

Funny as it may seem, climbing out of your tent doesn’t have to be a challenge trying to avoid a nest of beer cans. The smell of a new morning doesn’t have to be an explosion of decay stepping on the can of fish you left two nights before. Roskilde Festival doesn’t have to be that way with a little help from you and your friends.

Despite numerous successful actions last year we are still struggling to create a healthy trash mentality. This year Roskilde Festival once again tightens effort against the trash issue. Introducing clean areas, putting up more bins and developing trash points making it even easier and more effortless for participants to keep the camping areas clean.

Ultimately it will be up to everyone to see these actions through – hopefully changing the way we handle our cans and food wrappings for good. But that’s not all you can do.

Sowing the seed of the ‘Clean Areas’

Common sense might become distant in a mix of green grass, alcohol and music, but sometimes the happy settings yields a flood of great ideas from creative souls.

That was the case last year, when one very resourceful guy collected petitions to remove the silent part of the ‘Silent & Clean’ area, where he was situated. He felt too restricted – and decided to do something about it. Not only did he succeed in his mission, he made Roskilde Festival aware of the demand for ‘Clean’ areas only.

Rethink Roskilde on the web

When leaving this much trust and responsibility to you, developing the festival becomes a two-way street, which is why the festival invites you to share ideas and thoughts on not only environment & sustainability, but also co-creation, art, food, music and you keep filling in the need yourself.

On Roskilde Festival’s discussion forum for rethinking and developing Roskilde Festival, rethinkroskilde.com everyone can upload ideas and participate in discussions on where to move Roskilde Festival in 2013, 2015 or 2020 – making the path from idea to action smooth and efficient. They can also read more about the many initiatives to overcome the trash challenges at Roskilde Festival and join the discussion.