We are delighted to announce that we are finalists in the Green Awards 2018 in the following categories:
Green Small Organisation of the Year
The Green Tourism and Entertainment Award
We are proud to be green! Castlepalooza is delighted to announce that it is joining with Festival Vision 2025 to work with the industry to reduce our combined environmental impact. It is our goal at Castleplalooza to become Ireland’s most environmentally friendly festival.
Sustainable development is of great interest to Castlepalooza and is why we, as a festival for the past 11 years, have been working on implementing green initiatives to help audiences enjoy their weekend with us whilst protecting the environment.
Sustainability is an intrinsic part of Castlepalooza and is considered throughout the entire planning and running of the festival. Our long-term strategy sets out our symbiotic commitment to minimizing the environmental impact of the festival whilst maximising creativity, participation, enjoyment and support. Our policies fall under various categories related to recycling; litter control; green suppliers and materials; water management and more.
Our sustainability initiatives begin where Castlepalooza begins, in our office. We implement green practices in our office such as using sustainable office supplies and energy reduction methods. These initiatives help Castlepalooza be an environmentally sustainable event all year round.
Our Green Team work on site to ensure responsible recycling throughout the festival. Our green partners ‘Oxigen’ then recycle the waste.
FOOD AND DRINK
The majority of our food and drink is locally sourced to reduce our transport demand. We strictly enforce that all containers used by our food concessions are biodegradable and all ware must be compostable PLA. Any used oil from the food concessions will be recycled after the festival & made into bio diesel.
Our policy is that at least 50% of our acts are based in Ireland, resulting in fewer miles travelled to reach the festival and very little use of air transport.
We encourage our audience to travel by train & bus service that arrive close to the main gates of our festival site. We also encourage carpooling and have teamed up with Lift Share for our audiences use. Please see our Car Share section on the info page.
EVERY CAN COUNTS
‘Every Can Counts’ has worked with Castlepalooza previously before and we would like to build on the work done last year - this year with more marked bins and ‘bin angels’ manning the bins and can collectors to separate the cans on site.
‘Every Can Counts’ will provide prizes to all festival goers who recycle cans on site and bring their bags of cans to us at the goal game or deposit their bags of cans at the strategically located bins in the campsite areas and arena areas - the prizes include reusable drink bottles, organic t-shirts, rain ponchos etc... but you need to bring those cans to us for recycling to get those prizes!
Festivals have a certain amount of unavoidable negative environmental impact which can only be rectified by off-setting initiatives. One of these impacts is the negative impact to the environment of the festival site. To off-set our negative impact to our beautiful festival site we nourish it by replenishing its plant content. This year we are replenishing our site with plants that support the life of honey bees. Due to modern farming techniques and habitat loss, life is becoming increasingly less sustainable for honey Bees. Honey bees are essential in plant pollination and without them growth of food plants will cease. We need honey bees to live and now honey bees need us. We are planting native plants that provide much needed food for honey bees in order for their colony’s to thrive. Expect many blue bells and foxgloves gracing the land of Charleville Castle and happy busy bees.
THE ROVER SCOUTS AT CASTLEPALOOZA
This year we have teamed up with Scouts Ireland to help us achieve our environmental goals. The Rover Scouts will be present at the festival helping you set up as you arrive and informing you of how you can take part in our green initiatives and care for our environment while enjoying your weekend. After the festival if you are spotted leaving with your tent the Rovers will give you a prize for your help. The Rovers will then help take down any tents left behind and reuse them.
We like to reward our audience for joining us in our positive environmental initiatives. We want to reward you for participating in various green actions such as travelling by coach & Lift Share, bringing your recycling waste to be recycled and taking your tent home. So if our Green Team spot you participating they’ll give you a token of appreciation.
We have put together some helpful tips and ideas for you to join us in our green practice at Castlepalooza 2018:
Check out who’s bringing what amongst your friends to avoid taking unnecessary stuff with you that you won’t use and might throw away. The heavily laden walk to the campsite is tough enough already! Pack your things in reusable bags and containers like cooler boxes for your plastic bottles and cans.
Bring Your Own Cup
A great and easy way to help reduce waste at the festival is to bring your own reusable cup or bottle. Your cup can be rinsed at any of the water stations.
Bring Bin Bags
Bring some bin bags to keep your tent area tidy while you and your friends hang out. You can keep a bag for mixed non-recyclable waste and a bag for recyclables.
Be an Informed Recycler
Suss out where the recycling bins are, including the Every Can Counts stations. Here is a list of the most common recyclable festival items: plastic bottles, beer cans, tents, cigarette boxes and food wrappers.
Bin Your Buts
Be aware of your cigarette butts. Pack an ashtray or two to keep around your campsite and throw your butts in a rubbish bin once you’re sure it’s still not lit.
Take Your Tent Home
You’ve paid good money for that tent, so why leave it at Castlepalooza?! You won’t just be stopping your tent from going into landfill, you’ll be saving yourself the cost of a new tent in 2018. Same applies for roll mats, sleeping bags, airbeds, chairs and wellies!
Start A Trend!
There’s a real sense of friendliness and conviviality at festivals and if people see you picking up the odd stray can and recycling your rubbish, chances are they’ll follow suit.
Going to a festival is all about getting back to nature in while listening to fantastic music so let’s live by the philosophy of reduce, reuse and recycle and help keep those outdoors looking great.