Green Initiatives

Waste & Recycling

The Big Feastival is an organic farm when the festival is not on. We look to build upon these credentials by improving our site-wide recycling and environmental impact each year. We work closely with our Waste Management providers to achieve this. Since 2017, Big Feastival has diverted all rubbish from landfill and we consistently strive to continue to do so.

All waste from Big Feastival is collated and separated (sometimes back of house where you do not see this) into the following waste streams:

  • General waste (suitable for incineration at an Energy from Waste plant)
  • Bulk general waste (unsuitable for incineration)
  • Mixed Recycling
  • Cardboard
  • Cans and Bottles
  • Food Waste
  • Glass

In order to assist our cleansing teams we kindly ask all our visitors, guests, contractors and traders to carefully consider how they dispose of their waste, to ensure the correct recycling points are used and ensure they don't leave anything behind, as well as not bring any glass onto the farm.

Please remember this maybe your home for the weekend, but it’s also home for a number of animals for the rest of the year.

Plastic straw ban

We banned the use of plastic straws from 2018 onwards. In efforts to reduce the use of single-use plastics, we will be providing alternatives such as biodegradable paper straws.

Improve alterative solutions to single use plastic

We encourage visitors to bring their own reusable non-glass bottles or purchase one on-site (available from our merchandise stand) and make use of the water refill stations on site. We also encourage our traders and contractors to use alternatives to single use plastic serveware where possible. We are also working on a longer-term plan regarding plastics and how we can become even more sustainable.

Our 'leave no trace' policy

The Big Feastival operates a Leave No Trace policy to keep the farm as pristine as possible and preserve the environment. This policy means that every single item dropped is picked up – please do your bit to help by using the bins provided and taking larger items home with you.

Power & fuel

We will have a dedicated power team on call to ensure that generators are switched off overnight to reduce our emissions Other Power & Fuel saving initiatives includes:

  • Use energy saving electrical technology such as LED lighting, dawn to dusk sensors, passive motion sensors and timers etc, to reduce energy consumption
  • Monitoring of power demands and reduce generator usage and run times where possible
  • Investigate the use of alternative Green fuel sources
  • Use and utilise LED and low energy lighting where possible

Travel options

We encourage as many of our guests as possible to use greener transport options such as public transport, coach services, car-sharing and arriving on foot. Kingham train station is just a 3-minute walk away from the festival so it couldn’t be simpler!

Where possible we use locally sourced contractors, materials and equipment with the aim of reducing the miles spent travelling to site. A majority of the Big Feastival Team / traders and key contractors also stay on site to mitigate unnecessary journey’s and reduce traffic. Car Sharing and public transport is highly encouraged.

Campsite recycling policy

The Big Feastival is an organic farm when the festival is not on. We look to build upon these credentials by improving our site-wide recycling and environmental impact each year. We have not sent any rubbish to landfill since 2017. We kindly ask our campers to carefully consider what they pack with them, ensure they don't leave anything behind, to use the correct recycling points and to avoid bringing glass onto the farm.

Our Feastival campers will receive two bin bags on arrival, one for general rubbish and a recycling one. If you run out of bin bags, we will have extra ones attached to waste pens for your use. Please aim to leave your camping area as you found it, this means taking everything home with you, putting your waste in the appropriate bin bags and disposing them in the designated waste areas provided, as even though it may be your home for the weekend - it’s home for a number of animals for the rest of the year. Our designated waste areas will be separated out into general waste and recyclables, we ask that you please make a conscious effort to use the correct bins.

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