SUSTAINABILITY Divert It! at Lollapalooza

Loyola rocks Lolla with annual composting and recycling efforts

By Evangeline Politis

Drawing thousands of people from around the globe every year, Lollapalooza Music Festival organizers are aiming to not only entertain but also educate its attendees. For the third year in a row, the fest is schooling music lovers on how they can minimize their environmental impact by diverting waste from landfills. Each day, Loyola student volunteers are on hand to help festival-goers dispose of their garbage and recyclables in the right bins. Known as the Divert It! team, the students are key to the success of Lolla's front-of-house composting system. 

Again this year, Loyola students have the opportunity to help out with the recycling and composting efforts by joining the Divert It! teamcontinuing the momentum that was started two years ago when the partnership began. Plus, the four-hour shift comes with one major fringe benefit: access to the festival for the day.

Each member of Loyola's team is required to fulfill previous hours of sustainability service work, including participating in Think Green and Give or work days at Loyola's Retreat and Ecology Campus. PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

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The Divert It! team helps patrons put their waste, recyclables, and compostables in the correct bins, while educating fans about the festival's environmental initiatives.

16 Tons

Composted in 2017

The amount of waste from the fest tripled from just 4.9 tons in 2016.

354 tons

Total waste in 2017

This equals the same amount of waste generated at Water Tower Campus over a full year.


More waste diverted

The amount diverted from landfills increased by almost 33 tons from the previous year.