This year we spoke to over 1,000 children and parents, carers and friends at Latitude. Our Suffolk Recycling stand was a hive of activity with children (and parents!) making flappy fish, plastic bottle Jellyfish, milk bottle seagulls, poi, upcycled signs, flags and CD creatures all using recycled and reused materials. We love reusing and recycling!
Check out our picture gallery to have a look at some of the exciting creations.
The stand was visible from afar for the 30,000 visitors to see and we took along our recycled giant octopus, jellyfish umbrellas, Suffolk Shoals and upcycled festival signs to recreate the under the sea theme we had for The Suffolk Show. We also had our brand new and exciting Waste Prevention Pack in an upcycled suitcase on a yellow bicycle - if you weren't there don't worry you can download your own pack online . Latitude provides a great opportunity for Suffolk to showcase what a wonderful and green county it is and gives us the chance to shout about how good we are at recycling!
As well as providing many creative, entertaining and educational activities for families, teenagers and adults alongside music, theatre and poetry - the festival organisers have a strong commitment to making the festival as green as they possibly can by minimising the amount of waste going to landfill and maximising recycling and composting.
They run a “three-bin system” on site collecting compost, recycling and general waste. All food scraps, plates and cutlery (everything food comes in is biodegradable) can be composted and plastic bottles, cans, paper and cardboard are recycled too. Campers are given a waste kit which consists of a plastic bag for recycling, a compostable bag for food waste and another for general rubbish. They also encourage reuse with their pint cups which are reusable and covered in Latitude designs. A deposit is required and can be returned when the cup is given back. This prevents the site being littered with disposable plastic cups. They also run a salvage operation to collect reusable tents or camping equipment that gets left behind and therefore reduce waste.
Last year Latitude Festival recycled 57% of it's waste which is an excellent achievement but there is still room for improvement and each year they try to be even greener!