FESTIVALS from throughout the county are to participate in a new pilot scheme which has as its aim to make the events as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible.
Included in the pilot scheme are the Youghal Medieval Festival, the International Guitar Festival in Clonakilty and Timoleague’s Harvest Festival.
The Cork County Council funded programme will include training workshops, virtual support sessions and in person support at each of the festivals to assist in the implementation of environmentally friendly initiatives.
Tailored specifically for festivals and delivered by Native Events, who hold vast experience in the delivery of sustainable festivals and events, the Green Festivals Pilot Programme will enable waste reduction at festivals throughout the county and help to support festival organisers in meeting sustainability goals.
From practical advice on how to reduce single use plastic, to the introduction of electronic ticketing and online promotional materials to reduce paper consumption, new initiatives will be supported by guidance on how to establish the appropriate infrastructure. For the waste that cannot be avoided, festival organisers will receive advice on how to ensure recycling is maximised, enabling festivalgoers to segregate waste appropriately.
County Mayor, Cllr Gillian Coughlan said the council was delighted to be involved in such a scheme.
“In excess of 60 festivals are supported annually by the Council and we are pleased to expand our support to include this programme, which I know will yield positive results for our environment. There is also opportunity for the festivals involved in this pilot programme to share their experiences, grow their support network and develop best practises for more sustainable events long into the future.”
Council CEO Tim Lucey said the body was committed to finding sustainable solutions for waste management.
“We readily recognise the opportunity to support our much-valued festival organisers in implementing simple green initiatives which can produce significant environmental benefits for all.”