It’s always a pleasure when some of the influential people we write about actually respond to articles. Mike Shinoda of the Linkin Park recently commented on his MySpace page about Ecorazzi and my critique of the “visible greening” of their Projekt Revolution tour.
Here’s an excerpt of what I originally had to say:
“As for the “visible” greening of the event, it was non-existent. Garbage cans everywhere. Recycling bins no where. Garbage cans didn’t even seem available on the lawn, where the general admission seating was located. And then, miraculously, as we were walking out the gates at the end of the concert, there they stood, a line of concert-workers armed with recycling bins. I doubt they worked, however…there were no trash cans to be found. That means that probably everything went into the bin, rendering the recycling function absolutely worthless.”
Here’s Mike’s reaction:
thanks for covering my band and projekt revolution on your site. i thought all the bands rocked equally, but i respect your preference for MCR (gerard is quite dreamy).
toward the end of your piece, it mentioned the lack of recycling bins and appearance of trash on the ground at the florida show. an assumption was made that this trash was either left on the ground or thrown into a standard bin (and you know what assuming does; it makes an a–nevermind). i’d like to clear that issue up.
before the tour, we were extremely assertive with our promoters and venues about making the events more green, and got the following assurances: 1.) many venues on the tour would put out recycle bins, 2.) almost all other venues have an existing policy of SEPARATING ALL TRASH POST-EVENT (this part made me really happy), and 3.) to the best of their ability, they wouldn’t leave trash on the ground post-show…after all, they have events all week, and it would be terrible for business.
the great news about post-show sorting is that most concertgoers, being wrapped up in the excitement of the day, usually accidentally throw non-recycle stuff in the recycle can, and vice verse. the venues that sort post-show are actually likely to have the most efficient system.
hope that clears things up. if you have any more questions, feel free to contact our management.
Click below to read our reply to Mike Shinoda:
Mike, first of all, thanks for your post. It’s always nice to not only know that the people we are writing about are reading, but that they care enough to respond. I appreciate you clearing up the “post-event” separation of the trash/recycling. You’re correct, many venues do this…and it’s quite necessary.
I’ve only seen front end recycling work at one large scale event, and that was Live Earth. And the only reason it worked was that there were volunteer “trash police” standing at every receptacle, telling the attendees where to toss their items.
However, it doesn’t change my complaint about the event. I wanted to see more “visible” greening. I wanted educational booths. I wanted enough trash cans around the venue to avoid littering issues. And yes, I wanted recycling bins…at least to be available.
When Michael told me this morning that Linkin Park was mad at me, I was a little concerned about what I had written. Sometimes we can go overboard around here. It had been a while, so I went back and read my post. I was fairly pleased with my original assessment. It was a great time. And though MCR surprised me by being my “fave”…I did also really enjoy the Linkin Park performance. I was extremely pleased about the biodiesel, and the fact that my friends were able to provide it. And I even stuck up for the fact that B20 was used, even though I think it’s a shame…because I understand about the underlying issues.
And I guess, looking at it that way, there are many reasons that “front end” recycling would be difficult at this, or to replicate at every, venue. I was just hoping for something – something to visually show that this was a “green” event.
It’s possible that I’m asking too much. Maybe not every band that wants to tour green needs to be an environmental activist, spreading the word to their fans. If I want to live eco-friendly at home but not talk to every person on the street about it, that’s my right. And it’s your right, too, Mike.
But when a concert is publicized as being green, special press releases are issued regarding this greening, and free passes are given to me because I write about celebrities going green, I’m going to look for the ideal situation. I thought that many eco-aspects of the concert were great. But if I hadn’t received all of those press releases, I doubt I would have known anything, just by walking around.
Anyway, you still made a fan out of me. Thanks for reading, and please let us know if you would ever like more ideas on how to take it to the next level.