Since 2002, the festival has been collaborating with Norway’s biggest environment organization for youth, Natur og Ungdom (Young friends og the earth Norway) on the environmental activities at the festival. Each year around 200 volunteers from Natur og Ungdom does a dirty, but fantastic job for a greener festival. The volunteers keep the entire festival area neat and clean, and they operate with both recycling and waste management. On the area behind the scenes there is a separate recycling center, where the volunteers open all garbage bags and sorts all content by hand. They work with up to 15 different recycling factions (such as wood, paper, plastics, metals, food, and so on).
This resulted in that 74 percent of the total waste on the festival was recycled in 2016, and used to make new materials and products. It pays off for the festival and for the environment to sort and recycle. Besides, it helps reducing total emissions from the festival, by ensuring that used stuff gets new life. For example, saving two gallons of oil for each kilogram plastic recycled and you avoid emissions of 840 kg CO² for each ton resin being recovered. (Source: Grønt Punkt) When you recycle your plastic cups it saves over two tonnes of CO2 and 1485 gallons of oil!
Most cardboard and paper can be something new, for example, it may emerge as a notepad in its next life. The food waste being sorted at the festival turns into biogas. Biogas is used for the operation garbage trucks and buses in Oslo, thus contributing to lower greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Retura)
It should also pay off for the audience to be environmentally responsible. You get the deposit back on drinking cups, cardboard handles, popcorn cups and cigarette butts, or you can donate the money to Natur og Ungdom at one of their recycling booths. Approximately 200,000 plastic cups is collected in this way during the festival.
Reuse and material management
We store most of the equipment we use every year, such as fence tablecloths, furniture, nails, wood and tools. By reviewing all be departments and look at how we can reduce new purchases and reuse most, we are able to minimize the festival’s total waste further.
Our warehouse service is not only a practical division for the festival, it is also an important part of our environment work. It means that we don’t have to buy new equipment every year. We take great effort in keeping track of what we have of equipment, materials, design elements and furniture, making sure we’re not wasteful with our recourses.