Summer camp music festival goes green

By Alyssa Donovan

May 24, 2013 Updated May 24, 2013 at 10:44 PM CDT

CHILLICOTHE, Ill.-- Organizers of this weekend's Summer Camp music festival are working to minimize the festival's environmental impact.

Summer camp has been taking over Three Sister's Park for 13 years.

Die hard supporters of the 3 day music festival say there have been some big changes.

Festival worker and 13 year attendee, Will Slater said, "In the beginning we could all fit in the woods there was probably 500 kids... There was only the main stage which was a flat bed truck and that was it."

The festival now has 7 stages and over 100 artist performances.

And this year festival organizers are expecting more than 15,000 people.

One of the most important changes throughout the years has been going green.

The festival has a special group of volunteers just for sorting out the waste, the Green Team.

Green Team members help monitor the waste stations throughout the park.

Stations are divided into compost items, recycling items and landfill items.

Make a Difference Coordinator Vanessa Robinson said, "All of that gets pulled over to a sorting station on-site where we actually sort through all the compost and all the recycling so that it's not contaminated and then it is taken to a proper facility where it is disposed of properly."

But it's not just the patrons that have to be environmentally conscious, Summer Camp vendors are required to go green too.

Director of Operations, Mike Armintrout said, "All of our bars and our catering areas and our concessionaires are all serving out of compostable products--the plates and the cups and they actually break down."

Even the stages are eco-friendly. The festival only uses bio-diesel generators to power up the party.

Organizers say that with a festival this size it's important to do everything possible to minimize the affect it has on the environment.

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