Ryans working towards the sustainable Festival

As we enter into the new season of outdoor festivals and events in 2015 the emphasis on helping our clients work towards a more sustainable future becomes ever stronger. At Ryans we recognise that resources need to be managed in a more sustainable way. We seek to advise our clients on how they can introduce waste minimisation projects whilst looking to re-use what wastes are left at events once the punters have gone home for example the camping equipment that is left behind after major events. We implement robust strategies across events to make sure we maximise the amount of recyclable material that we remove for the waste stream. We have an extensive network of partners throughout the UK which provide us with the infrastructure to deliver “Zero Waste To Landfill” solutions for most of the residual waste created that cannot go through the recycling process, this residual waste is usually turned into electricity that goes back into the national grid.

Clean recyclables is the name of the game, one of the biggest challenges we face at outdoor events is keeping recyclable materials clean so they are not rejected by the processors. Working with our clients over many years we have developed a “3 bin” strategy that we are looking to roll out across our whole portfolio this year. Mixed recycling and food waste containers are positioned next to the traditional general waste bins both back and front of house. The containers are colour coded in line with WRAP recommendations (i.e. orange for mixed recycling) to encourage users to separate their wastes and dispose of them correctly. We use signage that follows the colour scheme as well as following the same theme with any internal or external training literature.

Where we have worked with our clients to introduce this system it has proved very successful in increasing recycling rates as festival goers are keen to do their bit by separating out their wastes as they would do at home. We also look to compliment this system with our cardboard miners who are targeted to collect clean cardboard whilst the events are on and to bring back to our mobile bailing operation. The material is then bailed ready for onward processing. We will also have can collection points at the arena entrances, this material is also bailed on site. The amount of metal and wood waste that is traditionally disposed of from the back stage operations is surprisingly high, having recognised this we now provide “Metal Only” and “Wood Only” large containers so the production teams can separate these waste streams significantly helping recycling rates.