We all know we need to reduce what goes into landfill, so set ourselves a challenge of recycling as much waste as possible.
Festivals are messy, just look at what all those planet-loving millennials leave behind at Glastonbury. Plus, when we’ve had a few drinks putting rubbish in the right bin is for some a bridge too far. Especially when the floor will do.
We weren’t deterred by those headwinds and teamed up with Dorset waste specialists Junkosaurus to see what could be achieved.
Despite the weekend being a heatwave their team sorted through just over 4.8 tonnes of wrappers, fish heads and beer cups to help recycled a pretty impressive 3.2 tonnes of waste. That’s around 67% of our waste being reinvented into something new. It’s also higher than England’s leading council – St Albans – who top the tables recycling 64.2%.
Anything left over was sent to a ‘waste to energy’ plant to help power us through the winter blackouts.
Oh, as a guide, the New Forest, a national park and area of outstanding national beauty have a council who manage to recycle just 34.1% of all waste in 2020/21, sitting 262nd out of 338 in the national league tables.
A big thanks to Stephen Green and New Forest Litter Pickers who help keep the site looking immaculate. And, to everyone at the event who helped us recycle. We know we need bigger signs on the bins!