The summer concert season has arrived, and Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, located about 15 miles west of downtown Denver since 1941, is one summer venue that is gearing up and preparing for multiple concerts and other events taking place now through early October. In the midst of all the planning, the venue is also planning on being environmentally conscientious during the current season. Red Rocks is teaming up with local waste hauler Alpine Waste and Recycling to place 150 recycle bins around the venue, but those plans have been extended to install permanent containers. The containers are located at each entrance and on the amphitheater plaza, and will take plastic bottles, aluminum cans, cardboard, glass and many more materials. Red Rocks’ zero-waste program should divert 90% of the venue’s waste. Along with trying to increase the amount recycled citywide, Red Rocks is also pairing with Arts and Venues Denver, the agency responsible for the Denver’s publicly owned venues and cultural affairs, to persuade citizens to take other eco-friendly precautions to help the city. Audience members visiting Red Rocks will not only be encouraged to recycle, but also to carpool to the venue and keep their trash with them to properly dispose of at home. Patrons may also notice other changes to Red Rocks besides new recycling bins. Benches at the venue are currently being taken out and replaced with new ones made out of recyclable, sustainable lumber. Concessions serve food and drink in Eco Products‘ earth-friendly packaging. The venue is even working with local concert promoters to identify alternative, energy-saving resources. With an all-star lineup throughout the summer, it’s bound to be a good season for the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. By focusing on being environmentally conscious during its events, a capacity of 9,500 can come and go with little impact.
Red Rocks Takes Actions for a Zero-Waste Summer
Red Rocks Amphitheatre and its surrounding grounds is now home to 150 permanent recycling containers.