Pollution Prevention & Nature Preservation

Here’s what we’re doing to prevent pollution and preserve the natural elements of Bayfront Park… PLUS, how you can help!!

Back to Mission: Home

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

“Clean the Beat!”, our annual Bayfront Park shoreline cleanup in partnership with Bye Bye Plastic Foundation, was a huge success! With support from Clean Miami Beach, Debris Free Oceans, Clean this Beach Up and VolunteerCleanup.org, 750 pounds of trash were removed from Bayfront Park’s shoreline on Sunday, March 5th! Volunteers were treated to DJ sets and Ultra Merchandise, plus one lucky volunteer won a pair of tickets to Ultra! Join us next year.

Dancing while we clean

During the festival, keep an eye out for our Mission: Home heroes from Bye Bye Plastic Foundation 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 40 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.

Learning about 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 storm drains in certain high traffic areas to keep the bay safe from pollution. At our event or anywhere else, NEVER throw the 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 ever remove from the grounds and rarely biodegrades. Do not bring loose glitter to the show.

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.

NEW! Shifting to local, organically sourced mulch

This year, Ultra will use mulch made from local landscape trimmings to contribute to healthy soil by utilizing only regional organic materials and removing pollution risk.