Tuning in to recycling at Tamworth’s music festival

Find out the results of Cleanaway’s recycling survey at Tamworth Country Music Festival

Communities

February 4, 2020

Highlights

A majority of attendees were satisfied with the quantity and accessibility of waste and recycling bins at the festival, with an overwhelming 97% in favour of introducing an organics bin for food waste.

Highlights

A majority of attendees were satisfied with the quantity and accessibility of waste and recycling bins at the festival, with an overwhelming 97% in favour of introducing an organics bin for food waste.

The Cleanaway team recently attended the Tamworth Country Music Festival where Resource Recovery Officers Priya and Evelyn surveyed festivalgoers to understand how to make future festivals even more sustainable.

A majority of attendees were satisfied with the quantity and accessibility of waste and recycling bins at the festival, with an overwhelming 97% in favour of introducing an organics bin for food waste.

When asked what would help them the most in using the right bin for disposal, 80% of those surveyed voted for more eye-catching signage on bins. Others felt that additional instructions on a bin would be helpful including providing alternatives for items that cannot be disposed of in a particular bin.

Pictured: Resource Recovery Officer Priya having a chat about recycling with an engaged festivalgoer

Priya and Evelyn were delighted at how tuned in people were about waste, with many attendees stopping by to have a chat and learn about recycling and waste management not only at the festival, but at their respective council areas.

The team also did a visual audit of more than 180 general waste and commingled bins around the festival grounds and were pleased to find minimal contamination in recycling bins.

Pictured: Resource Recovery Officer Evelyn doing a visual audit of a recycling bin to check for contamination

The assessment will guide future decisions made by Tamworth Regional Council including waste and recycling services supplied to visitors and vendors at the festival. As a result, council is investigating the feasibility of introducing an organics service and the possibility of better visual cues on recycling bins.

Congratulations to all involved for a fun and sustainable event. Contact us to learn more about how we make a sustainable future possible for communities across Australia.