Boardmasters, the surf and music festival, has revealed plans to make this year’s event the most environmentally friendly yet, pledging £20,000 to charity partner Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) to keep the Cornish coastline clean.

Taking place August 8-12 across two locations at Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach in Cornwall, the organiser has implemented a new strategy to ensure the event is as environmentally friendly as possible. Plans to reduce on site single-use plastics and continue to place a litter bond on 40,000 camping tickets have been revealed, with the organiser working with SAS and the local community.

For the first time the event will implement a re-usable cup scheme, running across all main on-site bars which will reduce the amount of single-use plastic generated. 2018 will also see the introduction of food banks to better manage trader and customer food waste. Litter bins and recycling points are increasing site-wide, including both arena and campsites.

Boardmasters will continue its work with Cornwall’s Final Straw initiative, with no plastic straws available on site – this was first implemented in 2015. Its existing “litter bond” which incentivises all 40,000 camping customers to pick up their litter and recycle, and the car parking re-entry fee to discourage traffic on the roads surrounding the festival will continue for 2018, whilst the event’s Green Team will increase in size to further educate festivalgoers on sustainability initiatives and how they can help.

Last weekend, Boardmasters hosted two major beach cleans with charity partner SAS as part of the Big Spring Beach Clean campaign. Teams from Boardmasters, SAS and the general public worked together to clear plastic and general waste, on Fistral Beach on Saturday alone, 57 kilograms of plastic pollution was cleared – with 40 per cent of this avoidable plastics.

Boardmasters has unveiled its key goals and overall plans to implement over the next three years, which include continuing to reduce the amount of single-use plastic items used on site such as water bottles and cups, to levels close to zero, a reduction in overall waste generated by the event, increasing site-wide recycling, reducing its carbon footprint and plans to continue working with the local community and environment.

There will also be a focus on creating long-term sustainable signage and branding, and continuing to use long lasting plates, cutlery and cups in artist and crew catering rather than plastic alternatives.

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