Festival season is here and if you’ve been before, you’ll know the familiar picture of waste and abandoned tents left around the site when the party’s over. This year, think about what you can do to minimise environmental impact at your favourite festival.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Many festivals are already introducing policies to increase sustainability. Victoria’s Meredith and Golden Plains festivals have composting toilet systems on-site, and Splendour in the Grass offers carbon-offset tickets. Check festival websites for their sustainability policies.
SAY NO TO PLASTIC
The Byron Bay Surf Festival is plastic-free and other festivals are following suit. Disposable plastic cups, drink containers and food packaging contribute almost two thirds of waste left onsite at music festivals. Bring your own refillable drink containers, and use the recycling facilities provided.
Check out this video for an insight into how much waste one person contributes.
RENT OR HIRE, DON’T BUY
Hiring camping gear can massively reduce the amount of waste you’ll leave behind during festival season. Retailers like CAMPNOW and EcoTreasures have made it easy to hire all your camping needs in one place. If you want to buy, look for quality products that will last. Clean Up Australia’s online store offers great alternatives to camping and picnic gear, as well as clean up materials.
DON’T LET YOUR EFFORTS GO TO WASTE
If you’re packing your own food for the festival, consider taking your waste away with you. Recycling bins provided fill up quickly and are easily contaminated with products that aren’t recyclable. Take responsibility for your waste and take it home to be recycled properly. A sustainable future starts with you.