All of our traders, caterers and sponsors support us in following compulsory guidelines banning the use of single-use sachets, service ware, plastic bags and straws.
No sales of PET packaged soft drinks or PET packaged water on site. We promote a refill campaign to our audience, crew and artists. Reusable water bottles are also available for sale at merch stalls for those who do not bring their own.
Only reusable cups are available across all bars, which saves 200,000 single-use plastic cups from entering the waste stream. Our goal for 2022 is to drive retention of reusable cups at the show, targeting losses of 20% or less
For 2022, Boardmasters partnered with MyGroup, who recycle on-site soft plastic.
Combining our hero Green Team and Surfers Against Sewage partnership to actively communicates festival objectives on single-use plastics on the ground during the festival.
Our Litter Bond scheme, first introduced in 2018, has been and continues to be a success with our audience committing to an eco/litter bond value in advance of the festival, which is rebated with the provision of a filled bag of waste. The £10 you pay when booking a ticket is fully refundable when you return a bag of rubbish to us at the festival.
Our carbon footprint remains one of the major areas of focus to reduce the impact of Boardmasters and other festivals, and the journey we are committed to includes a plan to become a carbon neutral event by 2025.
Step 1: include the build and break of the show, taking into account all staff and contractor transport by 2024
Step 2: account for all audience travel to and from Boardmasters by 2025
We are taking the following measures to reduce our overall carbon footprint:
Promoting green travel – Car exhaust is still the greatest contributor to global climate change. By car sharing, or better still, using public transport or cycling to the festival we can significantly reduce the amount of pollution produced. We recommend planning your trip to Boardmasters Big Green Coach GWR,
Energy use – reduction of use and focus on clean energy
Building on our hard work over the years reducing single-use plastic, we are also taking the following measures to reduce our overall waste and continually improve our recycling performance:
Working with the Association of Independent Festivals’ #takeyourtenthome campaign, which is printed on all customer wristbands and is communicated to our audience to help reduce all tent waste. We also partner with Camplight who run our Greenfield Campsite, offering pre-pitched re-used tents to festival-goers at affordable rates, avoiding the need to bring their own tents and equipment. Any item that may still have been left behind, we welcome charities and not-for-profit groups to access the site post-event to salvage tents and camping equipment. All customers have to sign up to our eco pledge before they can stay in the campsite.
The Litter Bond scheme, first introduced in 2018, has been and continues to be a success with our audience committing to an eco/litter bond value in advance of the festival, which is rebated with the provision of a filled bag of waste. We are targeting 50% Litter Bond redemption for 2022, which is one of the highest rates amongst festivals.
All recycling streams are separated for processing, achieving a recycling rate of over 40%, with plans to continually drive this performance year-on-year. We are targeting a 50% recycling rate by 2023 and a reduction in overall tonnage by 5% year-on-year. In 2022, we are also introduced larger waste receptacles at busy hotspots which take a larger volume of waste at once to reduce instances of overflowing and escaping litter in the wind. This is further supported by indoor storage skips inside large, enclosed buildings to mitigate any waste blowing away in the wind into nearby local communities and coastline.
We are committed to increasing investment in reusable show assets, for example focusing on reusable long-term signage for 2023 and beyond.