Our Commitment to Environmental Sustainability
The National Folk Festival is committed to producing a sustainable event and promote this message to all our Festival community.
Following a very successful 50 Trees for 50 Festivals Project in 2016 the National Folk Festival once again partnered with Greening Australia in 2017.
Trees from the 2016 project were planted in the Greater Goorooyarroo area (pictured) just north of the festival site. This helped to improve biodiversity and create habitat for threatened animals such as the Eastern Bettong and the Bush-stone Curlew. The project was so successful that funds from 2016 also allowed Greening Australia to undertake additional works on other properties across the region through their ‘Bridging the Gaps’ program.
Well done #ourNFF community!
To help offset our carbon footprint in 2017 $1.00 from each souvenir program sold over the Easter weekend was directed to Greening Australia for tree planting. #ourNFF looks forward to continuing this partnership in 2018.
What we can do.
Here at the National Folk Festival we have a strong background in recycling. In 2015, through partnering with Actsmart we exceeded our high standards. A staggering 7.8 tonnes of organics and 6.1 tonnes of mixed recycling was sent to recycling with the result was that 53% of waste was diverted away from landfill. In 2016 we improved on this again recording another fantastic result for our event.
The War on Plastic Bottles – In 2015, with support from Tap into Water (ACT Health Directorate), we increased the number of water bottle refill stations from 2 to 4, encouraging attendees to bring and refill their own bottles. In 2016 we partnered with Green Music Australia to introduce further initiatives to reduce the number of plastic bottles on site.
Waste Management – Three bin types are used on site at the Festival: General Waste, Co-Mingled (Recycling) and Organic Waste. These were supplied by SUEZ, a local company that ensures all waste arrives at the correct depot on leaving the Festival. Organic waste is taken to a local organic farm, Landtasia in Bungendore, New South Wales. The Festival’s organic waste is composted on their land, where they produce organic meat and fruit. Prominent signage with information about recycling and organic waste encouraged the use of the correct bins. We also included information about waste disposal in the Program with images of the bins and a list of what can be placed in them.
Partnering with Actsmart – In 2016 the Festival again partnered with Actsmart, an ACT Government initiative committed to creating a more sustainable future. Initiatives implemented through this partnership including steps to increase awareness about waste and recycling within our Festival community, resulted in 53% of waste being diverted away from landfill. This is the second year running that the festival has achieved this result of sending more than 50% of rubbish from landfill.
The National Folk Festival will continue to find ways to improve its sustainability record.