One thing Oregon is known for is its progressive sustainability. After all, when you live in such a beautiful place, preserving it is top of mind! This mindset is no different in Central Oregon, and that’s one reason why Les Schwab Amphitheater has implemented a new sustainable program for all its ticketed concerts – the “Take Note Initiative.”
This new initiative has the potential to make a huge impact on reducing waste and making the amphitheater a more environmentally friendly venue. Whether you are a local or are one of the more than 100,000 visitors who come for the concerts each season, here are some things to “take note” of for your next concert experience on the Deschutes River in Bend! (For a complete list of upcoming shows, visit bendconcerts.com)
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, along with wine and mixed drinks, will also be available for purchase in compostable cups. No outside cups or pints can be used for purchased beer or cider, though they may be brought for drinking water. 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 drinkware alternatives down the road, to include these beverages. In addition, all food vendors will use 100% compostable cups, plates and utensils.
No plastic bottles: No single-use plastic bottles will be available for purchase during any concert, although patrons can use reusable cups and bottles to fill with water from drinking fountains and hydration stations. Visitors can bring their own empty water bottles, cups or pints or 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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