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Waste Strategy

We are sure you will enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Donington Estate. We need your help to keep it that way by minimising waste and participating in our recycling initiatives over the weekend.

Last year none of the waste produced at Download Festival went to landfill and 65% was recycled.  That is an excellent achievement and thank you to everyone who was involved. We want to continue to work with you to improve this year on year, read on to find out what your part is in this.


When you get to the festival you will be given your Campers’ Waste Kit. Your kit will consist of:

  • Clear Plastic Bag for recycling: Put plastic bottles, aluminium cans, food tins, general plastic containers, newspapers, magazines, flyers & brochures, cardboard and beer cases.
  • Biodegradable Bag – for organic waste, such as your food scraps and leftovers.
  • For general rubbish – use your shopping bags.  In these go crisp packets, scrappy bits of plastic, straws and all other rubbish. Try and minimise this as everything in these bags goes to Energy from Waste (incineration).


When you’ve filled up your bags, bring them to the Recycling Points in the campgrounds and hand them in. You can also grab more recycling bags from the recycling points. You will be rewarded for your efforts with a FREE can of Pepsi Max Ginger.


We run a three-bin system at the festival, which means every bin station in the campsite will be formed by 3 bins:

  • COMPOST – When you buy food from the traders at Download Festival, everything your food comes in is compostable so plates, cutlery and napkins can be placed in the compost bins along with the food scraps.  Please make sure NO PLASTIC goes into the compost.
  • RECYCLE – Plastic bottles, aluminium cans, newspapers, magazines and clean and dry cardboard (no used greasy pizza boxes as these do not recycle).
  • GENERAL WASTE – There should be minimal left over that goes into General Waste.


To minimise the waste from paper beer cups, we are introducing reusable cups at the bars in the main arena at Download. Pay £2 deposit on your first beer and get it back when you return the cup at the end of the night or at the end of the festival (before Sunday night) to our dedicated refund points next to the main bars.

Our creative team have designed a limited number of exclusive Download Festival branded cups. There are a few designs to choose from for you to pick and keep as a souvenir.


Due to the problems that plastic waste causes to the environment all plastic bottles sold on-site will have a 10p deposit so we can make sure they get recycled. There will be refund points next to the main bars operated by Greenpeace volunteers (marked on the site map) for you to redeem your deposit. 10 bottles or 10 single use cups for £1 or fill up a recycling bag of bottles for £5.  Please make sure you return them by Sunday night to avoid disappointment.

Green Messengers

We had an awesome team of Green Messengers at Download 2017. If you want to register to be on the Green Team for 2018 please email [email protected]

Tents and Camping Equipment

When packing ready for the festival weekend, remember to pack wisely and only bring essential items. We ask you to please take your tents and camping equipment home with you. If you leave it in the field it will most likely end up in landfill or incineration. If you want to hire a tent rather than bring your own, Pink Moon offer pre pitched tents.


We put together a salvage operation after the festival for organisations to collect some of the perfectly reusable camping equipment that is left behind therefore reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill or incineration.

This is an opportunity for charities and community groups to come to the festival site on the Monday and Tuesday after the show and help save what they can.  Email [email protected] for more information, quoting Download Salvage in the subject line.