What to do
The results are in from the Noosa Festival of Surfing on their sustainability report and it is goodnews for Festival Organisers, World Surfaris.
In their second year of managing the Festival and following their sustainability policy workingclosely with Tourism Noosa and Plastic Free Noosa, they have achieved some exciting benchmarks.
This year, 100% of waste collected at the event was sorted, thanks to the Event Organiserscontracting a paid staff member to specifically manage the waste. Impressively, the total wastegenerated was reduced by 89% from the 2019 event, largely due to the implementation of a zero-waste bar. Recycling was also able to be vastly reduced through the waste being separated.
A key metric for events is waste diversion sent to landfill. The Noosa Festival of Surfing effortssignificantly improved this year, from 42% to 58% diversion. This is a huge achievement given thenature of the event, being an open venue, and was largely possible by the uptake of compostablesby Plastic Free Noosa members on Hastings Street.
The Eco Brewing Co & Diablo Ginger Beer ‘zero-waste’ bar was a huge success, which had a bigimpact in overall waste reduction and staffing, producing less than 10kg of waste per night, all ofwhich was compostable. This is a great example of what planning before an event can achieve.
The Unitywater Water on Tap Van was again at the festival and not only provided a visible andimportant community message about single-use plastics but assisted in delivering key resultsincluding 4,783 single use water bottles being eliminated and 1,100 reusable water bottles beingsold.
Chad Buxton from Plastic Free Noosa said “An open event has little control of what comes into theevent, so our Plastic Free Champion members on Hastings Street played a large part in thesustainability of this year’s Festival. The commitment by the event organisers to separate all thewaste coming in was fantastic, and we managed to send almost 60% of the total waste to ourlocal commercial composter Earthborn Australia, and turn it back to dirt”.
“The results for the Noosa Festival of Surfing are commendable and not only provide a greatbenchmark for their 2021 event, but will also provide some ideas and solutions for other events asthey embark on their sustainability journey” said Mr Buxton.
Plastic Free Noosa is now managed with Tourism Noosa as part of Tourism Noosa’s commitmentto being recognised as Australia’s most relaxing, desired and sustainable tourism destination. Allevents sponsored by Tourism Noosa are required to work closely with Plastic Free Noosa to reducesingle-use plastics at their events and to have a sustainability policy to guide their event.
The Plastic Free Noosa program is proudly supported by Noosa Council.
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