Rock and Recycle

When you throw an outdoor party as big as ACL Festival, there’s more to think about than just putting on an amazing rock show. Join us in our commitment to ensuring a greener future for Zilker Park and Austin.


ACL Festival recycles and encourages fans to do the same. Join the Rock & Recycle Program by picking up a bag of recyclables from the ground. Participants will be entered to win a Fairdale bicycle each weekend, and to top it off, there will be a drawing for a pair of 2018 ACL Festival Tickets every night. At ACL Fest, you rock, you recycle, and you get rewarded! Visit a Rock & Recycle Center for more details.

Refill and Rehydrate

Throughout the park, you will find CamelBak Filling Stations offering FREE filtered water to keep you hydrated all day. BYOBottle or purchase a limited-edition ACL Festival CamelBak available at the Filling Stations throughout the park. Over the past two years, ACL fans have reduced a significant amount of waste produced at the Festival by pouring enough water to fill almost 1,403,706 water bottles. Cheers to that!

Travel Green

Ride the festival shuttle. Use pedal power. Carpool. Take a hike. The Festival grounds are near downtown and the city’s Hike and Bike Trail. Take advantage of the bicycle parking and Mellow Johnny’s Bike Repair Shops located near each entrance to the Festival. Use eco-friendly ways to come and go and join thousands of others to green up your travel.


Keeping Zilker Park and the planet healthy and around for future generations are key missions of the Festival. From the use of biodiesel run generators to diverting waste from the landfill and fan education and outreach, ACL Fest is committed to minimizing its carbon footprint both during the Festival and throughout the year. Here are more ways in which ACL Fest strives to lessen its environmental impact…

Carbon Offsets

In 2017, ACL Fest continues its commitment to the environment by offsetting the estimated CO2 emissions created by the festival’s generators, electricity usage, staff travel, artists travel and office based emissions. In 2016 alone, Festival producers and fans have helped offset approximately 2,062,780 pounds of Carbon Dioxide. That’s equivalent to the amount of CO2 absorbed by approximately 42,974 trees over one year!

Water Campaign

Festival producers continue to explore convenient and efficient ways to keep fans hydrated so they can safely enjoy the show. Staff and patrons are encouraged to refill their bottles at the CamelBak Filling Stations throughout the park. In 2016, we poured 419,484 Liters of water at Event Water Solutions’ innovative triple filtered filling stations. That is equivalent to 838,968 bottles of water!

ACL Fest has once again partnered with The Nature Conservancy of Texas to promote a lasting effort to celebrate and conserve one of Texas’ precious natural resource – water.

Waste Diversion

Thanks to the diligent efforts of ACL fans and staff, ACL 2016 saw the an astonishing waste diversion rate; by cubic volume, we diverted 54.4% of the waste. We strive for a higher rate in 2017 through an extensive composting program and a continued ban on items that can be harmful to the environment such as plastic bags and styrofoam. The Austin Eats Food Court utilizes both front and back of house composting, and all vendors are required to use eco-friendly, compostable plates, napkins and utensils.

Park Improvements

Since early 2007, a portion of proceeds from every ticket sold has gone to support improvements at parks all over town. Improving Austin’s green spaces for the entire community is an essential element of the Festival’s green mission. ACL is proud to support the Foundation in education, advocacy, and ecological restoration projects across Austin, including the Barton Creek Greenbelt, The Shoal Creek Greenbelt, The Bull Creek Greenbelt, and the Zilker Preserve.

Community Outreach/Exhibits

Austin Parks Foundation, Keep Austin Beautiful and other selected organizations have a presence in ACL Cares – a space which gives patrons an opportunity to learn more about how they can practice “green living” and support great causes in their everyday lives. We have added new features around the park this year to get involved and learn more about sustainability practices. Stay tuned for more information.