In 2001 WOMADelaide adopted a waste management strategy that has meant only biodegradable and recyclable wastes are produced by festival goers. All cups, plates, crockery, serviettes and any items sold in packaging at WOMADelaide are fully biodegradable, meaning that they will break down over time and be returned to the earth. In 2010 all biodegradable waste will be treated for composting.
In 2009 the festival collected over four tonnes of waste which was turned into compost. Over 50% of all waste produced by the festival was diverted from landfill. After previous festivals the compost produced has even been returned directly to and used by the Botanic Gardens.
Several onsite ‘waste compounds’ sort much of the waste before it is taken away.
Patrons are asked in printed materials and by stage MCs to carefully use the clearly marked bins on site.
In 2010, WOMADelaide will again use a three-bin system to collect:
- Biodegradable waste;
- Recycling; and
- General waste.
WOMADelaide would like to thank CLEAN SA for their immeasurable support with the WOMADelaide waste program.
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