No excuse for single-use cups at festivals: New information goals to assist

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There isn’t a excuse for single-use cups to nonetheless be used at occasions in line with the environmental not-for-profit Metropolis to Sea which has launched a information “Options on Faucet: A Information to Lowering Waste and Introducing Reusable Cup Schemes at Occasions”.

The brand new information for small and medium-sized occasions is introduced as “a sensible and galvanizing information for organisers on the best way to keep away from single-use plastics”. At present, over 100 million single-use plastic cups are used yearly at UK festivals and reside occasions, and most of those are incinerated or despatched to landfill. The business’s 100 million plastic cups are liable for 100,000 tonnes of C02e emissions and 30,000 tonnes of waste that may very well be prevented. Metropolis to Sea believes that one other manner is feasible and by constructing on business finest follow they’ll make reuse and refilling the brand new norm at occasions throughout the UK.

The brand new information provides sensible steerage on the best way to introduce measures like deposit return schemes for reusable cups in addition to busting myths round bioplastics and outlining finest practices already occurring inside the business.

Matt Mellen, Metropolis to Sea’s Refill Marketing campaign Supervisor, commented saying:

“Like so many Brits I’ve been going with my household to small occasions, beer festivals, church fetes in addition to one or two bigger business festivals. The very last thing any of us need to see is single-use plastic littering the ground. Whereas bigger festivals have improved lately smaller festivals nonetheless want a little bit of help. With this information in place, there’s actually no excuse for single-use cups at occasions this summer season. It’s a simple step-by-step information to the best way to have enjoyable and have a drink with out it costing the earth.”

He continued, “Councils have a very essential position to play right here. A primary step that councils can take is to cease utilizing single-use plastics at their very own occasions. Councils may encourage reusable cups at occasions of their areas in quite a lot of alternative ways utilizing each the carrot and the stick.”

One of the best follow contains Manchester Meals and Drink Competition which swapped out single-use for reusable cups in 2019. The competition reported a 40% saving in waste administration prices because of much less bin emptying and litter selecting. It additionally explores neighborhood grassroots responses as properly highlighting examples akin to Litterfree Dorset, a neighborhood group, that bought 500 cups for native occasions to borrow.

Helen Harland, Sustainability Venture Supervisor at Manchester Metropolis Council, added:

“We all know that neighborhood occasion organisers have so much to do, usually balancing organisation of an occasion with different priorities, so any help in making the required change from single-use to reusables is de facto welcome. By way of the supply of our personal occasions and dealing with different organisers, we’ve heard lots of questions when contemplating reusables, so guides like this actually assist to offer organisers the arrogance and information to behave. Each occasion of any measurement that saves single-use cups going into the waste stream is a large step ahead.”

There was vital advances lately from bigger festivals. Analysis for The Present Should Go on Report in 2020 discovered that 3 in 4 music festivals now use reusable cups – up from half of festivals in 2015. Nonetheless, there are a selection of limitations that cease small and medium-sized occasions from following swimsuit.

occasions on a bigger scale the report highlights Shambala, a UK competition, that runs two campaigns to encourage reusables. There’s no water on the market at Shambala and prospects are requested to carry an empty bottle or purchase one on-site and fill it up at water factors. In 2019, Shambala merchants charged 25p for single-use espresso cups and provides a reduction for reusable cups. At present, all single-use cups are banned. 

Becka Whiteley, Director of Shambala, commented on the report launch saying:

“We banned disposable bar cups again in 2010 as a part of our dedication to being single-use plastic-free. With loads of different, reusable options out there, there’s simply no good motive to nonetheless be utilizing single-use cups at your bars. With 15,000 folks at Shambala, even when everybody solely had a few drinks from the bar a day, that’s an enormous quantity of completely avoidable waste going to landfill. Our viewers rapidly bought used to the system and see it as an actual constructive – in our expertise, they’re proud to play a component in lowering the influence of the competition.”

The information additionally slams ‘false options’ like “bioplastic” cups. The information says that these are unable to be recycled and are hardly ever collected again in for business composting and that reuse is by far a greater possibility.

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