Jazz Fest is working hard to create a more environmentally sustainable Festival. This year, Jazz Fest is excited to announce the expansion of the existing recycling program sponsored by Shell, plus a few new initiatives.

In addition to increasing the number of recycling locations to more than 20, both on the field and at the two main pedestrian entrances, Jazz Fest is introducing Shell Recycling Rewards—a new incentives program that encourages patrons to help Jazz Fest recycle more.

Shell Recycling Rewards participants who collect 25 cans or bottles in the mesh bags provided at one of the two Recycling Rewards Tents will receive $5 off a Jazz Fest souvenir T-shirt at designated official Festival merchandise tents.

The Festival has also revamped the water refill stations located near the East and West Ponds. These new stainless steel stations have multiple taps, including one that is ADA-accessible.

Behind the scenes, Jazz Fest will continue the long-standing program of collecting used cooking oil from the food vendors, which is turned into fuel for local shrimping boats.

Jazz Fest 2022 Sustainability & Recycling Highlights


  • 17 Recycling Stations around the field

  • 4 Recycling bins at the Sauvage Street entrance

  • 4 Recycling bins at the Gentilly Boulevard entrance

  • 2 Recycling Rewards Tents

  • 2 Water Refill Stations

  • 2 Bicycle Parking corrals

  • Cardboard recycling

  • Cooking oil recycling