FORMAT is committed to sustainable festival practices in the field, behind the scenes, and through the preservation of the natural environment of Northwest Arkansas. This commitment is integrated into every area of the festival from recycling and composting to eco-friendly and reusable service items, and Hydration Stations that provide patrons free, filtered water, diverting millions of plastic bottles from the landfill.

Rock & Recycle

We invite attendees to join our sustainability efforts to reduce the festival’s impact on the environment by participating in recycling initiatives such as Rock & Recycle, where fans can earn a commemorative FORMAT t-shirt designed by Tyson by filling up a bag of aluminum cans from the festival grounds.

Water refill stations

Our water refill stations provide patrons free, filtered water, diverting *thousands* of plastic bottles from the landfill.  Fans are encouraged to bring EMPTY, refillable water bottle to help reduce plastic waste and to show their commitment by tagging #BYOBottle in their FORMAT photos. Stay hydrated while having fun at the festival, all while saving the planet!

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Divert it!

Help Reduce Waste with Food Loops

Food Loops is excited to support FORMAT’s efforts to build a more sustainable music industry at the festival through the Divert It! Composting program. While onsite, be sure to use the proper bins to dispose of your waste, recyclables, reusables, and compostable products at the festival.

Reusable cups

We're teaming up with TURN to eliminate single-use plastic waste at FORMAT Festival! Support sustainability and return your cup for the chance to win exclusive prizes, like VIP Ticket upgrades, festival cash and much more.

Pre-register here or scan the QR code on the bins or TURN bar signage at the festival for a chance to win! If selected, you'll receive a text with details on how to redeem your reward.

Canned beverages

Liquid death

This year, it’s death to plastic with stone-cold tallboys of Liquid Death in infinitely recyclable aluminum cans. Don’t be scared. It’s just water.


It’s not just water - it’s America’s favorite sparkling water, with only the finest minerals added for taste.  Made here and enjoyed here. Packaged in infinitely recyclable aluminum cans and proudly supporting American Rivers. Get ramblin’. Ramblers do it better.

Biking to the festival

In addition to riding the festival shuttles, carpooling and other means of getting to the event sustainably, we encourage festival goers to bike to the festival. We’ve partnered with Pedal It Forward who will be offering a complimentary bike valet across the street from the entrance to the festival on SE E Street between SE 6th and SE 7th Street.

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