We are committed to making the Festival more environmentally friendly. Help us to keep the site tidy and leave no trace. Please recycle at the Festival and use the mixed recycling facilities around the site, and if camping use the clear mixed recycling bags. Please refill your water bottles at the taps provided to cut down on plastic waste. Try to conserve water on non-essential use. Do not bring glass; no glass bottles are allowed in the arena.
Last year the A Greener Festival Award took a break. Its back this year and we are very pleased to annouce that we are a Greener Festival associate! In 2014 we won Outstanding for our environmental performance. Please help us to achieve this award again as this award is for you, our lovely audience, as well as the festival.
Top 5 things you can do to help:
1. Recycle, recycle recycle!!
2. Keep tidy. Please don’t leave rubbish or equipment
3. Bring your own water bottle and refill onsite
4. Car share
5. Use public transport or as sustainable as possible transport, particularly if local
Energy, Contractors & Purchasing
Our Carbon Footprint
- Staff are encouraged to ‘switch off’ where possible.
- Monitoring energy and working closely with our on-site electricians to ensure non-essential lighting is automatically switched off during the day and that LED and low energy light bulbs are used where we can.
- High efficiency generators and low energy strategies used.
- Water taps available to refill water bottles
- Taps used by campers and in the arena will automatically switch off to conserve water.
- Backstage water coolers are used instead of plastic bottles and this is done through CoolerAid, who donate a proportion of rentals to charity.
- Local waterways, land and the biodiversity of the area are protected from negative impacts and contamination by the provision of sufficient toilets, waste fluid collection, adequate site drainage and the safe disposal of chemicals.
- We have commissioned wildlife investigations and been assured that there is no sensitive wildlife in the immediate area.
- Trackway is used on highly trafficked pedestrian areas to protect the park ground.
- We pledge to put right any damage caused to the site as soon as possible after the event.
- Our bars use a system of reusing plastic pint and half pint glasses with a returnable deposit, which has had a major impact on the tidiness of the site and reduced the number of glasses that we waste. This system has saved over 40,000 plastic glasses being used and thrown away each year. Because we want to maintain a traditionally pulled pint, we have to use rigid plastic glasses and not cardboard ones. If customers are concerned that their glasses have become dirty, there will be machines to give them a quick wash, though we hope people will use this sparingly in order to save water, as it takes 1/4 pint of water to rinse each glass. We hope people will cooperative and not demand a clean glass every time they order a pint as that would rather defeat the objective. Age restrictions will apply when deposits are returned to ensure that children do not claim unattended glasses.
- Artist local transport emissions are kept low by using local accommodation and mini-bus transport to get artists to and from site, rather than individual vehicles.
- We constantly monitor noise levels and aim to respond immediately or as soon as practical on any complaints.
- We have a dedicated environmental coordinator who advises and oversees all our initiatives.
Friends of the Earth
- So the main aim is to get everyone recycling like they would at home, or better!
- We can all help improve our onsite recycling and try to generate less rubbish generally.
- Our onsite recycling rate last year was 36% over the sites. Let’s target 50%!
- Offsite this resulted in a total of 69% with the help of a Materials Recovery Facility. This is great but it’s much better for the environment and uses less energy to recycle onsite. The remainder goes through a biological treatment to produce matter that can be used for energy production or selected crop compost.
- We are targeting Zero Landfill. In 2014 we sent just 381kg to landfill which was less than 2% due to extraction and composting processes.
- A lot of waste is from plastic bottles. Water taps are sited around the arena and campsites for refilling bottles. You can also help by bringing your own refillable bottles.
- We ensure all bins are clearly marked: Recycling and Waste
- There are bags around the site and handed out to campers.
- Please note: Clear bag = Recycling, Red bag = Waste
- The Festival recycles paper, cardboard, cans, plastic bottles and containers for dry mixed recycling.
- The waste bins are for everything else but we hope that most of the things you need to throw away are recyclable. You can put waste food in the Non Recyclable bins if you really can’t eat it all. We have tried food recycling but found the bins got too contaminated. We’ll keep thinking about that.
- We also recycle waste cooking oil at all sites and batteries.
- Please do not bring glass; no glass bottles are allowed in the arena. There is a glass recycling point at the entrance to the arena.
- Each toilet is supplied with a waste paper bin to recycle paper hand towels. Please use all of these!
- Our bars generate zero landfill waste due to glass reuse and recycling all packaging.
- Our backstage artist/staff catering is also a zero landfill waste area thanks to the use of biodegradable cutlery and the recycling of all food scraps and packaging
- We aim to recycle anything that cannot be used in subsequent festivals. Last year we recycled stage carpets and the few tents that some people ‘forgot’ to take home through CHYPS (Children and Young Peoples Participation Service) for art projects. We ask that everyone tries to remember everything when they pack up to go home though and recycle at their own recycling point!
2015 Final Waste Streams
Traders and Caterers
We are a Greener Festival associate!
This means that we:
- Support the ongoing improvement and durability of the events industry and movement of our society towards one that can be sustained within the confines of this planet.
- Adhere to the AGF Associate Member code of conduct.