Music and culture in the
Clarence Valley, NSW

Resource Recovery / Free Water

A letter from the festival director...

Dear Festival-goers,

Surfing The Coldstream Festival attracts over 3,000 people during the course of a warm and entertaining Spring day. Folks eat, drink, dance ... and create a lot of rubbish!

It can be a bit disheartening sometimes during the Sunday morning clean up. I speak from personal experience of gathering the red and yellow bins for collection by Council and noticing how the rubbish in each colour bin is completely contaminated.

I've been to many festivals and I know it's not easy to sort your rubbish at the point of disposal, as there can be many distractions!

That's why this year we will be providing you with some assistance in separating your rubbish and helping the festival strive for maximum resource recovery. Volunteer stewards will be on hand to help ensure the right stuff goes in the right bin! We encourage you to use the Green bins, as all packaging you receive from the stall holders will be compostable, except aluminum cans.

Resource recovery doesn't mean no waste is created, rather that every piece of waste is dealt with in the most sustainable manner, such that we dramatically reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfill. It means anything that is biodegradable - including food and packaging - will be composted. It means anything that can be recycled - like glass - goes in yellow bins. Given that food and packaging provided by stall holders will be compostable, it means almost nothing should end up in the red bin. It also means no plastic bottles or wrappers on site. Plastic, after all, never really goes away and every year we create and dump millions of tons of the stuff, some of it ending up in the ocean.

Which brings me to water. One way to avoid both plastic and paying over the odds for water is to drink the water supplied to us ratepayers. So that's exactly what we're proposing, only our water will be purified, courtesy of a bubbler supplied by our friends at Clarence Water Filters. Plus there will be water stations installed across the festival site, free paper cups available from our volunteer stewards and aluminium water bottles available for purchase from the info tent. Better still, bring your own reusable water bottle.

The fantastic food vendors at our festival are using compostable packaging already, with many of them using the range of products available from our partners at B-Alternative. We have also partnered with North East Waste, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney and Clarence Valley Council for this Waste Wise project.

This is our festival, run in our back yard, overlooking a gobsmakingly beautiful Pacific Ocean. Let's all do our bit to keep it that way.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Phil Nicholas

On behalf of Live Prawn Productions Inc. and the extended Surfing The Coldstream Festival family.