Through collaboration and cooperation with every department, the Sustainability Team of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell is working hard to find more responsible ways to celebrate our music, culture, and region together.

This year, with the generous support of Shell, we are again expanding our recycling program. In addition to increasing the number of recycling locations around the Festival, we are excited to continue the Shell Recycling Rewards incentives program that educates and encourages patrons to help Jazz Fest collect more recyclable materials. Festival-goers can participate at one of the two Recycling Rewards Tents by acquiring a mesh bag to collect cans and bottles around the Festival.

 Once the bag is full, participants can return it to one of the two Recycling Rewards Tents to be entered into a Festival sweepstakes to win two VIP Grand Marshal passes for a weekend of their choice in 2024. 

Recycling locations, water refill stations, and bicycle parking are marked on Festival maps. We encourage attendees to bring an empty reusable water bottle or consider purchasing a reusable Jazz Fest stainless tumbler from an official merchandise tent.

Behind the scenes, we will continue to work with our food vendors to collect used cooking oil, which is then turned into fuel for local shrimping boats. 

Finally, in conjunction with our Stage Team, we are excited to pilot a battery recycling program, collecting batteries from talent’s audio devices after rehearsals and performances.

We look forward to coming together to improve our sustainability efforts at the 2023 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell.


  • Dedicated Green Krewe

  • Talent battery recycling

  • On-site recyclable analysis

How to Get to the Fest

  • Walk

  • Ride a bicycle

  • Carpool or Rideshare with friends

  • Take public transit

  • Jazz Fest Express Shuttle

Recycling Stations

  • Additional Recycling

  • Stations around the field

  • Attendants to ensure limited contamination of materials

  • 2 Recycling Rewards Tents

Shell Recycling Rewards Tent

  • Collect and return a mesh bag full of cans or bottles for recycling to the Shell Recycling Reward Tents

  • Sign up to win (2) VIP Grand Marshal passes for a weekend of your choice in 2024

Other Highlights

  • 2 Bicycle parking corrals

  • 2 Water Refill Stations
    located at East & West Pond

  • WWOZ tent composting
    Cooking oil is collected and turned into fuel for local shrimp boats

  • 81 Green jobs created