Pollution Prevention & Nature Preservation

We’ve implemented 13 INITIATIVES to prevent pollution and preserve the natural elements at Bayfront Park! Here are some highlights from what we’re doing… PLUS, how you can help!!

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Leaving no trace

We’re working with Clean Vibes to keep our event as clean as possible and with their help after the event, we’ll clean Bayfront Park to the highest standards. Learn how you can leave no trace here and learn how you can volunteer with Clean Vibes here.

Cleaning up the Bayfront Park shoreline with some of our favorite community organizations

“Sound: ON”, our annual Bayfront Park shoreline cleanup, was a huge success! In partnership with Clean Miami Beach, Debris Free Oceans, Love the Everglades Movement, Clean this Beach Up, Bye Bye Plastic Foundation and Miami Dade County’s Sea Turtle Conservation Program, 800 pounds of trash were removed from Bayfront Park’s shoreline on Sunday, March 3rd! Volunteers were treated to Ultra merchandise and music, plus one lucky volunteer won a pair of tickets to Ultra! Since 2020, this cleanup has removed over 2,800 pounds of waste from the shoreline. Join us next year.

Dancing while we clean

During the festival, keep an eye out for our Mission: Home heroes coming around in blue Ultra superhero capes to dance with you while we all clean up our dance floors together. Participate and you might just be in for a surprise gift!

Giving you easy ways to responsibly dispose of cigarette butts

Cigarette butts do not biodegrade and they leach toxicants into our soil and water, so make sure they always go in the trash. You can also use one of the 32 cigarette disposal towers we’ll disperse throughout the event or get yourself a free pocket ashtray! Ask for one in the Eco Village, while supplies last.

Respecting trees, vegetation and wildlife

The trees at Bayfront Park are vital to our ecosystem – they clean our air, shade us from heat and provide habitat and food for wildlife! Our staff and vendors have been asked to be extra mindful of trees and vegetation… you should be too! Never scrape, carve or climb trees and never trample or pull vegetation. A variety of birds, mammals, reptiles and insects call Bayfront Park home too. Leave them be. Never approach or harass wildlife.

Understanding the nature present in Bayfront Park and Biscayne Bay

Local naturalists and ecologists have taught our team about the vegetation and ecosystems present all around Ultra, so that we can work towards preserving them. Now, you can learn too, by finding our “Connect to Nature” educational signage placed in special spots throughout the festival.

Protecting Biscayne Bay from stormwater pollution

Did you know Miami’s storm drains dump directly into Biscayne Bay? We’ll protect the storm drains present at and around Bayfront Park in order to keep the bay safe from pollution. In 2023, we protected 25 storm drains and hope to protect more in 2024! Our landscaping team also cleaned out some clogged drains this year to help maintain them. At our event or anywhere else, NEVER throw trash into a storm drain! 

Using responsible production effects

We’ll still give you quite the show, but we’ll continue doing it using close-proximity pyrotechnic alternatives and without balloons, confetti or streamers, as these can pollute the grounds and waters surrounding the festival.

Kissing loose glitter goodbye

Glitter is a microplastic that is virtually impossible to remove from grounds and rarely biodegrades. Do not bring loose glitter to the show. Our security teams have been instructed to confiscate it!

Avoiding spills and run-off

We’re bringing back our vendor and staff guidelines for avoiding spillage and run-off to keep grounds and waters safe from potentially hazardous fluids.

Using local, organically sourced mulch

Ultra uses mulch made from local landscape trimmings to contribute to healthy soil by utilizing only regional organic materials and removing pollution risk.