Since 2005, under the slogan ‘Keep Green Days Green’, the Bedford Park Festival has recycled all waste on the Green Days weekend, earning praise from Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth. The Festival's campaign urges local people to look beyond the Green Days weekend and 'make every day a Green Day'.
Read the ChiswickW4.com report about our recycling, from 2006.
And this report from 2010, on our activities in 2008 and 2009.
For several years, Powerday has provided Green Days with a free supply of waste containers and free waste removal. As all waste can be put in the same bin, it makes it easier for everyone to recycle their rubbish and keep the site clean. All waste then goes to Powerday's local waste transfer station where it will be sorted and 100% recycled or used for energy, meaning that no waste will go to landfill.
For Green Days 2018, we were supported by ecoSHOPPERBox, a product of In Your Face Advertising based in Chiswick Park. The company has supported local businesses by providing free reusable, recyclable and biodegradable eco-boxes to use instead of plastic bags.
Our relationship with EcoSHOPPERBox was the latest in a long line of partnerships in which we have tried to cut plastic. In 2009 on the Green, GreenTomatoCars proclaimed on their linen bags 'Plastic bags are rubbish!'.
To cut out single-use plastic, we stopped using disposable plastic glasses several years ago and we also buy our Pimms and lemonade in barrels not bottles. Kelvin Murray, who runs our beer tent, writes:
"2018 was the first year that we used 100% reusable drinking units for all alcoholic beverages. Pints, Pimms, half pints and wine are ALL now served in reusable containers that I will bring out year after year. It's a huge amount of work in terms of cleaning the dirty containers (see picture above right), repaying the deposits of £1 for EVERY unit and storing them for next year. But I don’t consider we have a choice. Its just plain wrong to throw away so much plastic that ends up in land fills or worse, floating in our seas and oceans. The church have invested a substantial sum of money in these containers [approx £1000] so well done St Michaels, a forward-facing church in anyone's book.
"In short we have revolutionised how much waste we create in the beer tent. 2018 will see only a tiny fraction of waste compared to the beer tent 4 years ago."
One of our sponsors this year is Doddlebags, which makes award-winning 100ml eco pouches - refillable, recyclable, dishwashable (tested up to 50 times!) and freezable pouches. Handy and robust, they have lots of uses:
* Food pouches. Fill them with formula, milk, purees, smoothies, yoghurts, salad dressing or whatever takes your fancy.
* Travel pouches. Take essentials like moisturiser, shampoo or washing up liquid on your adventures. With visible calibration at 100ml, they fit in hand luggage and pass security at airports.
* Arts and crafts. Put paint, glue or glitter in your DoddleBags. Less mess, more inspiration!
They are free from phthalates, PVC and BPA and you can use them again and again. They say: "Use and re-use your DoddleBags and help us save the planet!".
We are also working with a number of local organisations to get you out of your petrol or diesel car, not only for Green Days but for the rest of the year. At the Cycle Zone on Green Days, you can get a free service, security marking, information and maps. For those who are thinking of taking to a bike, advisers are on hand to help you choose, and gain the confidence to take to the road. There is now also an Electric Vehicle Zone, which has been supported by Blue City, Tesla and our local authorities.