Green Team

Each year the Green Team works to make Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion GREENER. Here’s how you can help:

Buy a reusable stainless steel cup in the draft beer gardens for just $5!
This year, instead of plastic cups in our beer gardens, you will need to purchase a reusable stainless steel cup to use during the festival. This will cut down on our plastic waste, especially important as plastic recycling gets more and more difficult.

Please recycle responsibly!
There are labeled recycle stations for paper, aluminum, or plastic throughout the festival footprint. Only plastic types #1 and #2 (no flatware) can be recycled so please look out for these symbols before recycling a plastic item. Any contamination by other plastic type numbers will mean the plastic goes straight to the landfill instead.

Use the Green Team water refill stations!
There are two stations set up within the event footprint where festivalgoers can fill reusable water bottles. Use the stations to reduce the number of plastic water bottles sold over festival weekend.

Bring your own bags!
Instead of taking plastic bags from vendors and downtown stores, bring your own reusable bags to carry home all your festival treasures and bargains!

Our recyclers, a.k.a. the Green Team, pick up recycling (paper, plastic, and aluminum) from the designated recycle stations throughout the festival weekend, so be sure to thank our volunteers when you see them on the streets. The Green Team also helps our vendors and merchants to recycle cardboard and dispose of cooking oil and waste water responsibly.

Each year, we ask our food vendors to only use compostable food storage and silverware, along with recyclable drink ware; our crafts vendors are asked to only use recyclable plastic bags or paper bags.

It is thanks to our partners and volunteers that we are able to make the festival greener every year — without them we wouldn’t be able to do this good work! Past and present sponsors and supporters include:

ASR Metals — A local metals recycling company that has provided Green Team with one of our recycling collection points during festival.

Ball Corporation — They worked with us for several years collecting our aluminum cans for recycling. Proceeds from the sale of the cans went to our local United Way organization.

Bank of MarionA regional bank serving southwest Virginia and based in Marion, Virginia

City of Bristol TN – The Bristol TN Parks & Rec Department is building the two refillable water stations for the Green Team this year.

Code Restoration — A local restoration company that has provided Green Team with one of our recycling collection points during festival.

EcoLogical Energy Systems — A local wind and solar energy provider who has offered solar charging stations for cell phones.

Ferguson Animal Hospital — A local veterinary medical facility that believes in being green and has supported the Green Team in the past.

Keen Promotions — A local promotional products company that helped Green Team provide stainless steel cups for the beverage gardens at Bristol Rhythm 2019.

Keep Bristol Beautiful — An organization that works hard to eliminate Styrofoam and other food container products that are not eco-friendly. This is now mandatory for our food vendors.

KS Promotional Products — A local promotional business that supports the printing of our cool Green Team t-shirts.

Necessary Oil Company — A local business that helps all the food vendors dispose of their left-over cooking grease.

Revolution Curbside Recycling — A local business that will pick up recyclables at your door; they assist in the clean-up and disposal of all festival recycling materials.

Shearers — A local potato chip company that has supported our green efforts in the past.

We are always looking for other initiatives to make Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion sustainable in the future — such as reusable stainless steel pint glasses for sale and use in our beer gardens, BRRR-branded reusable water bottles, composting for the food vendor waste, etc.

Be a GREEN HERO — help us keep the festival GREEN.

Application now open for volunteers — sign up and pick Green Team to join us in being GREEN!