Recently I visited a festival in inner-Brisbane and noticed bins overflowing with plastic cups and paper cups. This was a general waste bin.
Throughout the festival there were recycling bins but no thought had gone into ensuring that the bins were paired so that people could separate their waste.
The result – recyclables going into landfill.
Body and Soul Australia Events and Entertainment has from its first festival in 2017 aimed at reducing waste. From something as simple as banning the straw, or disallowing the sale of plastic bottles, small ideas take growth and become the norm.
Briz Chilli Fest is encouraging patrons not to print out tickets, to bring their own cutlery and cup, re-usable bags, water bottle and to bring a blanket to sit on.
Our sponsor The Greek Club and its flagship restaurant Nostimo are offering the chance to win a $200 dining voucher just by showing us your non-plastic cutlery at the gate! Get some Greek on your Fork!
We will be using recyclable cups for beer service at this year’s festival, but for future festivals we will aim to purchase bio-degradable drinkware.
Of course there will be segregated waste bins also being emptied into segregated skip bins.
It is encumbent upon anybody organising large events to ensure they make minimal impact on the environment wherever practicable. It sometimes isn’t easy, but as time goes on, we will find ways of minimising plastic use and waste.
Tickets for Briz Chilli Fest are now on sale: https://events.humanitix.com.au/briz-chilli-fest-2019