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Festival should be greener

Dear Editor:Recently I volunteered for two of the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day concerts sponsored by Janus. While enjoying the festival I noticed attendees throwing cans and other obvious recyclable items in brown trash boxes. Upon further inspection I realized this was not irresponsibility held by attendees, but a total disregard by festival staff to provide adequate recycling bins. It would be frightening to calculate how much trash ended up in the landfill after three days of consumption.I am aware of the logistics and extra money necessary to implement a temporary recycling system, but I am fairly safe in guessing that an organization offering $1,000 VIP tickets is more than capable of offsetting costs. If the primary concern was staffing and maintaining recycling bins, I noticed several underworked volunteers that could have been monitoring and emptying bins during or after the show, i.e. myself. If citizens of this beautiful valley are going to continue using power words such as “conscious” and “green,” we must look under our noses for obvious breaches of this message. Recycling is third to reducing and reusing; however, organizations using a public platform and functioning with financial security should be setting good examples for the masses. Thanks for your time.Jason WhiteLeon

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