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As a responsible event organizer, our aim is to ensure we are working to maximize the ways in which our event makes a positive impact, while reducing the negative impact on the environment and community.

Here are some of the things we do to ensure Firefly is a sustainable and responsible festival.


  • Divert as much waste as possible from landfills and encourage our fans to do the same through our recycling rewards program
  • Leave No Trace - every single item left in the Woodlands is picked up either by our amazing fans or our litter team
  • Partner with Code Purple to collect food, tents, sleeping bags, chairs, air mattresses and many other items left behind in our festival and campgrounds. The goods are then repurposed to benefit the less fortunate throughout the state of Delaware
  • Encourage all fans to bring reusable water bottles and hydration packs that can be filled at one of our multiple bottle fill locations throughout the Woodlands
  • Combat single-use plastic within our catering and festival concession operations


  • Advise all fans to choose greener travel options, such as public transport, shuttles, carpools and arriving by bike or scooter
  • Use sustainably and locally sourced materials, equipment and products, with the aim of reducing travel miles


  • Use fresh water from on site wells rather than being hauled to site, thereby eliminating transport emissions
  • Utilize low flow shower heads at every shower facility in the Woodlands


  • Build and utilize permanent power sources on the property to minimize our dependency on generators and fuel
  • Maximize energy efficiency, monitor energy use, minimize emissions and prevent pollution
  • When feasible, opt for solar light towers over gas-powered

Local Area Impact

  • Work alongside local stakeholders and local communities who are consulted throughout the planning and operational stages of the festival
  • Develop plans for noise, traffic, ingress and egress to minimize impact on the surrounding communities
  • Provide opportunities for a range of local businesses, operators, suppliers and performers
  • Employment and training opportunities for local colleges and universities

What You Can Do

We’re doing our best to reduce our environmental impact and hope you will join us in our efforts. Here are a few tips to make your visit more environmentally friendly:

  • Consider public transport, shuttles, walking, biking and carpooling to reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Help us increase our recycling rate by adhering to the recycling system and placing all waste and recyclables into the correct designated bins which are labeled throughout the site. If you aren’t sure where to put something, please ask!
  • Bring your own reusable water bottles and hydration packs to help cut down on waste.
  • Use only as many disposable items (e.g., paper towels, napkins, utensils) as you need.
  • Please respect the neighborhood and our neighbors by staying off private property and picking up after yourself.


The Bud Light Seltzer Trading Post is an incentive-based recycling program at Firefly aiming to engage festival patrons in waste diversion while simultaneously beautifying the festival site.

  • We strive to ENGAGE event attendees in the recycling process to participate in waste reduction.
  • We aim to EDUCATE event attendees about environmentally responsible waste diversion.
  • We intend to ELIMINATE recycling from landfills and decrease total landfill waste at each event.