We all have a responsibility towards ecological issues. Aware that the organization of the Hadra Trance Festival has a non-negligible environmental impact, we must join an eco-responsible transition process that requires a transformation of our festive practices. 

The festival involves its public in an ecological approach: the association wants to make the festive character of the event, the best way to make the public aware of the respect of the environment, the interest of a reasoned consumption, the importance of the economy of proximity, etc.


drastic on plastic!

Hadra Trance Festival no longer sells plastic bottles at the bar! Because we can always do better, we strive every year to improve our ecological impact and this includes reducing our plastic waste.

So bring your water bottle, your ecocups or your bottles (plastic – no glass accepted on the site): we will serve you free water at the bar if you come with your container! Many drinking water points are also available on the site!

Small bonus: in the same spirit, remember to bring your own cutlery (plates, forks and spoons, sharp objects not allowed) to eat at the stands and avoid using disposable cutlery. 🙂

the green roulette challenge

Every year, in collaboration with our partners AREMACS, we organize a game related to waste management. Try to win a Hadra gift (posters, CDs, t-shirts, etc.) at the green roulette wheel by bringing a bag of household waste or sorting waste at the Aremacs collection stand. Waste will be returned only during the day.

Garbage bags and ashtrays will be distributed upon your arrival. Do not hesitate to come and ask for more at their stand. Leaving the site as clean as when we arrived is essential. We count on you to bring back all your sorted waste (household waste or recyclable packaging). Thank you!


AREMACS is an association whose aim is to limit the environmental impact of social, cultural and sporting events by raising awareness of ecology and providing event organizers with human and material resources to reduce their impact.

This festive, voluntary and smiling team is our essential partner in terms of prevention and actions against the impact of waste on festival sites.

In 2019, more than 28.6 tons of waste were produced by the Hadra festival, 45% of which was recycled. We are in extended sorting instructions: thus 100% of plastic, cardboard and metal packaging are recyclable.


Since 2019, the Hadra association has been developing the Agama team in conjunction with AREMACS, our historical partner in waste management.

Team Agama is composed of about forty people assigned to the continuous collection of waste, the distribution of garbage bags and portable ashtrays as well as raising public awareness on ecological issues.

By integrating this new team internally, the association is taking charge of a sustainable part of its operation, for a better integration of the volunteers as well. The idea of this team is to make waste awareness more playful, attractive and fun: with interactions with the public, via disguises, pick-ups on the dancefloor in the middle of the day, wandering around the festival site.



The question of waste water is an essential issue, being on a natural site with a water body, we make sure that the treatment of waste water is carried out in a rigorous way. We have two types of infrastructure for toilets and showers. A fixed part present all year round and a temporary part that we install for the event. Professional plumbers are present to ensure the management.

In 2019 we had 175 toilets and urinals of which 151 are compostable and 24 are fixed. All of our fixed installations are connected to an on-site lagoon that allows us to store and treat wastewater before gradually releasing it into the water after the festival. The campsite is certified Blue Flag, guaranteeing that our discharges are not harmful to the aquatic ecosystem.

For the showers that are added, our partner company Symbiose is responsible for the wastewater storage systems and their treatment. The latter is carried out off-site, at the lagoon in the village of Vieure.


For the dry toilets, it is our partner Les Gandousiers, specialist in the matter which ensures their management so that you can make your small needs in a certain comfort. Always motivated, attentive and pro-active, they are key players in the ecological issues related to sanitation.

Their action is to the point since they separate urine from dry matter and revalue it as fertilizer for the farmers of the territory. In 2019, no less than 40m3 of dry matter and 44,000 L of urine were collected and recycled.


The mobility of our festival-goers is the factor generating the most greenhouse gas emissions (far ahead of the transportation of artists, staff, but also ahead of energy consumption, waste production etc.). 

In 2019, a very large majority of the public traveled by car (74.1%) with a good carpooling rate (on average 3 people per car). Truck use (14.2%) decreased, as did bus use (1.7%). Train use (6.7%) and bicycle use (0.8%) is stable. Hitchhiking (2.5%), on the other hand, is new to the study. 

On average a person travels 330 km to the festival. Thus, public transport emits a total of 377.694 tons of CO2 equivalent, or 47.212 kg of CO2 equivalent per person. It is by far the most CO2 emitting pole. 

To remedy this situation, we must give preference to bicycles, hitchhiking and trains (20 people in a train = 1 car). 


Hadra Trance Festival is the first French festival to have been awarded the Greener Festival Award and this 5 years in a row, from 2010 to 2015 during the editions in Lans-en-Vercors. Since its arrival in Vieure, the festival has been awarded on these last 3 editions 2017/18/19. This trophy which values all our actions in an approach of environmental and social transition, allows us to make a global analysis of our situation to be able to improve each year our ecological, social and territorial impact:

  • Our approach to waste reduction: awareness of sorting, composting of foodtrucks, dry toilets, wastewater treatment. A great work managed by Aremacs Sud-Est, Les Gandousiers, and our internal teams.
  • The development of the local, social and solidarity economy: setting up a local grocery store at the festival, promoting local agriculture and short circuits, collaboration with Culture du coeur etc.
  • The reduction of our environmental impact: work on soft transport (trains, buses, bicycles…), energy management, support of environmental or social projects for a carbon offset plan, etc.