Suffolk Recycling at Latitude
Around 500 children plus their parents, carers and friends visited the Suffolk Recycling stand at Latitude this year. Over the weekend the stand was a hive of activity with children (and parents!) making CD owls, Latitude postcards, poi, headbands, flappy fish and upcycled signs all using recycled and reused materials. We love reusing and recycling!
Check out our picture gallery to have a look at all the exciting creations.
The Suffolk Recycling stand was visible from afar for the 35,000 visitors to see and we took along our upcycled festival signs, yellow bicycle, plastic flowers and cardboard American Indian ‘Chief Recyclable’. 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 55% 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!