Waste Free

In line with our sustainability vision, we will continue to reduce waste during the 2016 event.


Five Rivers MetroParks is a conservation agency committed to being the region’s leader in sustainable practices. Together with our vendors, sponsors, service providers and the public, we have made huge strides to make the Wager Subaru Outdoor Experience waste free in recent years. Check out our progress and milestones and see how you can help!

Tactics and History

  • Encouraged all food vendors to serve products from compostable or locally recyclable materials.
  • Worked with DRG3, Leave No Trace and other like-minded partners to provide educational opportunities at our Waste Free Stations.
  • Encouraged all vendors to work with event staff to recycle cardboard and other potential waste items from their booths.
  • Used a waiver signature hand stamp instead of one-time-use wristbands.
  • Repurposed event T-shirts for volunteer uniforms.
  • Collected exhibitor name tags for reuse.
  • Increased visibility of Used Gear Area to extend the life of outdoor gear.
  • Served beer in reusable cups only. Commemorative stainless steal pints with the ghosted Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience logo is symbolic of the event’s success at achieving Waste Free status and can be purchased at the Great Lakes Beer Garden and the Green Earth Outdoors Used Gear Area. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own reusable steel pint and save $5 on their first beer.
  • Eliminated use of Styrofoam products by food vendors.
  • Eliminated beer tickets and used compostable cups in the beer garden.
  • Food vendors were required to offer alternatives to plastic bottles.
  • Collected grey water from vendors.
  • Collected cooking oil from vendors; JT Environ upcycled oil for bio-fuel production.
  • Formed committee with representatives from Green Earth Outdoors, LexisNexis, Five Rivers MetroParks, Rumpke and local Master Recyclists.
  • Provided on-site staffing of recycling/composting stations to educate public on proper disposal.
  • Visitors pledged to help Midwest Outdoor Experience become waste free.
  • Provided reusable souvenir pint glasses for sale in beer garden. Offered discounts on beer purchases.
  • Eliminated plastic water bottle sales at festival.
  • City of Dayton provided water station for visitors.
  • Visitors encouraged to bring a water bottle or use compostable cups provided.

Event Sponsors

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  • Wagner Subaru logo
  • Subaru Logo
  • Osprey logo
  • Dayton.com logo
  • Mad River Mountain logo
  • Great Lakes Brewing Company logo
  • Bonbright Distributor logo
  • Dayton Cycling Club logo