Source: Reading Festival 2017 News

Reading and Leeds Festivals celebrated World Environment Day, and in honour of this awesome rock we call home; they were highlighting five ways you can help the festivals be the greenest they’ve ever been.

Organisers have signed Powerful Thinking’s Festival Vision: 2025 pledge to aim to reduce carbon emissions. Last year Julies Bicycle’s Creative Green Assessment awarded them 3/5 stars for their efforts. This year they have set their sights even higher and aiming for at least 30% of total festival waste to be sent to recycling.

What the festival organisers say:

  1. Travel Wisely

Travelling to the festival makes up a mighty ¾ of the total carbon emissions generated. You could save money, make friends and go green with our exclusive travel partners, Big Green Coach and Liftshare.

  • By Coach: For every customer, Big Green Coach protects 5 sq foot of Amazonian Rainforest for 10 years and have already protected around 30,000 sq foot.  Choose from 74 locations across the UK.
  • By Liftshare: Visit Reading Liftshare to find drivers offering spaces in their car or festival goers who need a lift.
  1. Recycle

Every festival goer will receive a Camper’s Recycling Kit and every bin station in the campsite will be formed of three bins.

Recycling: You can recycle plastic bottles, aluminum cans, food tins, general plastic containers, newspapers, magazines, flyers & brochures, cardboard and beer cases.

Compostable: when you buy food from the traders, everything your food comes in is compostable so plates, cutlery and napkins can be placed in the compost bins along with the food scraps.

For General rubbish: Reuse your shopping bags. In these go crisp packets, plastic film, polystyrene, metallic packaging. Try and minimise this as everything goes to energy from waste (incineration).

  1. Pepsi Max Recycling Rewards

When you’ve filled up your recycling bags, bring them to the Recycling Points in the campgrounds and hand them in. You will be rewarded for your efforts with a FREE can of Pepsi Max Ginger. You can grab more recycling bags from here too.

  1. Cup and Bottle Refunds

All disposable cups and plastic bottles bought at the festival will have a 10p deposit included in the price.  This is to encourage these items back to our deposit return points for recycling.  Collect a whole bag of bottles and you could get £5 in cold, hard cash. Our paper cups are collected by Simply Cups, the only paper cup collection and recycling service in the UK.

  1. Limit what you bring and take your tent home

If you want to hire a tent rather than bring your own, Pink Moon offer pre-pitched tents.  Pack light, you really don’t need to bring the kitchen sink, remember that everything you bring with you need to take home again.  You will be thankful on Monday as it will only take you 5 minutes to pack up the place you’ve called home for the past few days.  If you have any broken tents, chairs, gazebos, empty batteries, unopened tins of food, please take them to the Recycling Points so we can deal with it properly. If you wish to donate your tent, pack it up and take it to the Recycling Point or your local charity shop, please don’t leave it in the field.   You can then go home guilt free, full of memories of an amazing festival.

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