New Sustainability Initiatives at the 2014 Folk Fest
Earth Day is a great day to inspire positive change for our planet! We are advancing eco-friendly initiatives for the 2014 Folk Fest so being green at our festival will be easier than ever.
Bottled Water Free
Last year, we started to phase out the sale of bottled water by not having it for sale at any Folk Fest-run concessions, like our taverns. We are happy to tell you that bottled water will not be sold at the 2014 Folk Fest! More water taps will be installed on the festival site for easier access to cool, clean drinking water. Bring a reusable cup from home and look for the tall blue banners marking the taps. Reusable cups will also be available at the festival if you need one. By drinking free water from the tap instead of water out of manufactured plastic bottles, we reduce the consumption of fossil fuels used to produce plastic bottles and carbon dioxide emitted into our atmosphere when bottles are transported. On top of all that, we’re keeping plastic out of landfills!
New Waste Stations
Currently, 50% of total waste at our festival is diverted from landfills because of our recycling and composting programs. Our goal is to get to 95% waste diversion in the next five years and our new waste stations will help us get there. Expect to see waste stations that include composting, recycling and garbage bins throughout the festival grounds, staffed by friendly volunteers who will help you determine what materials go into each bin. Your first stop should be at the composting bin, where you can scrape you plate and even compost the cutlery, cups and straws you get from the food vendors – even the Lemon Heaven cups with the lemon inside! Next, see what you can recycle and by the time you hit the garbage can, you should have nothing left to dispose of. The majority of the garbage collected at the festival is items brought from home, so please avoid bringing excess waste to the festival. Pack light and leave no trace.
Here’s what else you can do to help:
- Don’t litter – we aim to leave no trace at Birds Hill Park after the festival is over.
- Bring reusable containers from home instead of disposables.
- Take the Folk Fest Express, carpool or ride your bike to the festival.
- If you do drive, keep your car parked for the duration of Folk Fest and use the free shuttle service that runs between all campgrounds and the festival site every 30 minutes.
- Remember to bring a toonie as a deposit for a reusable plate from our food vendors.
- Support crafters and farmers by purchasing local, organic and fair trade options.
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