Everyone likes a party and no one likes the clean-up afterwards. This is a universal truth that we can certainly all relate to, right? For festivals, it can be difficult to be eco-friendly and operate sustainably because you have little control over the people who come to your event. If they want to destroy the campsite and leave all their belongings behind for someone else to clear up, then they will.
But this can have an impact on your reputation as a festival, so it’s important to consider devising a few green policies to encourage people to think more ethically and make more responsible choices when out there enjoying themselves.
Glastonbury, for example, has a series of policies in place to help limit the effect on the local environment. Staff, traders, sponsors and contractors are all restricted as to what can be bought on site, while emphasis is put on not bringing anything with them that could end up in landfill.
There are 15,000 bins on site that are marked for either recyclable or non-recyclable rubbish, while festival-goers are encouraged to spend a bit more on their tent so they’re more likely to take it home with them afterwards.
In 2014, half of all the waste generated at Glastonbury was recycled so that’s a step in the right direction. However, it costs organisers £780,000 to dispose of all the rubbish left behind after the event so as festival-goers, why not do all you can to help limit the amount of waste that’s created? As
Glastonbury observes, that’s £780,000 less being donated to Oxfam, Greenpeace or Water Aid, the main recipients of the profits made by the festival.
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