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, 41% was recycled or composted and 59% went to energy from waste. 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.
CAMPERS’ WASTE KITS
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. Put your food scraps and leftovers, takeaway food packaging, etc.
- 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.
THREE BIN SYSTEM
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.
REUSABLE CUP DEPOSITS
To minimise the waste from disposable beer cups, we are continuing to use 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.
PLASTIC BOTTLE DEPOSIT
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 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.
EVERY CAN COUNTS
We’ve teamed up with Every Can Counts this year who will gladly give your finished drink cans a new home. Expect games and activities, who knew recycling could be this much fun!