Making a recycling splash at Latitude!
The Suffolk Recycling stand at Latitude was a roaring success again this year with over 700 visitors, as well as parents, carers and friends.
Some people return to see us year after year and there were plenty of new faces too, from Suffolk and further afield. The stand is visible from all over site so that the 35,000+ people that attend the festival have an opportunity to see how much we value reducing, reusing and recycling in Suffolk.
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Children made plastic bottle fish, cardboard masks, CD animals poi and flags amongst other things and it’s worth taking a look at some of the fabulous highlights on our picture gallery.
As usual, our stand looked very enticing and exciting, thanks to ‘Plastopus’ our wonderful octopus made from recycled plastic. Many people dared to venture into his lair to take an Octopus selfie. Our giant whale, made from old fencing panels from Recycling Centres, was also much admired – he looked very majestic with plastic bottles seagulls flying above his head!
As well as providing many creative, entertaining and inspiring activities for families, teenagers and adults, Latitude festival has a strong commitment to sorting and disposing of their waste. On site a 3- bin system operates separating food waste, recycling and general waste and this was further broken down in the camping areas, collecting glass, plastic, cardboard, and cans in very colourful ‘niftybins’, making sure that even more is recycled. In 2017, 59% of all waste from Latitude was recycled (2% more than the previous year) and 41% was sent to make energy from waste, with nothing being sent to landfill. Overall waste tonnage was down by 7 tonnes compared to 2016, even with more visitors.
In addition, Greenpeace and the Coop ran a plastic bottle deposit scheme, encouraging people to collect and return bottles for recycling and the bar areas serve drinks in reusable cups with a returnable deposit. All food concessions on site must serve food in compostable packaging and cutlery (no polystyrene or plastic allowed). Well done Latitude!