We are passionate about reducing rubbish sent to landfill and ask Eastercampers to bring only what they need and leave nothing behind. With over 3000 people on site during the Easter weekend, it’s very important to minimise the impact this makeshift tent city has on Spencer Park.
By focusing on the efficient use and reuse of resources, we want to avoid the creation of waste.
Waste prevention and recycling
- Our own on-site recycling team ensures we can hand-separate our own waste for single stream recycling.
- We only allow compostable or reusable plates and cutlery – including drinking straws, at our on site food vendors.
- All campers are asked to bring their own plates and cutlery for meals, which is to be washed and reused. We no longer supply any plastic plates or cutlery for campers use.
- Disposable single-serving sachets, like those used for sauces or sugar, will be completely phased out in 2024. These were reintroduced in 2021 due to Covid-19. As we move out of the pandemic environment, these sachets will again be eliminated from our meals.
- All cans, glass, paper and organic waste collected from Eastercamp’s 285 bins are hand-separated and processed at our on-site recycling area.
- Eastercamp runs 4 streams of waste: Organics, Cardboard Recycling, General Recycling and Landfill.
- We have an amazing team of recycling volunteers who contribute hugely to the clean-up of the site. Without them we wouldn’t be able to achieve our current rate of recycling.
- We have 2 water bottle filling stations near the Village and one at the BigTop area to promote reuse of water bottles.
- Teams of litter pickers work throughout the camp and afterwards, hand-collecting litter.
We are passionate about improving the world we live in. We want to make Eastercamp as sustainable as we can and aim to be frugal with resources, minimise our impact on our environment and commit towards improving the wellbeing and welfare of all who work at and come to camp. Here’s some other things we are working on:
- We have moved 99.9% of registrations/ticketing online and no longer print any paper registration forms and all tickets/confirmation letters are electronic.
- With the introduction of the Eastercamp App we have significantly reduced the amount of printing we do and therefore reducing our use of paper for promotional purposes as well as moving our site maps and programme guides online.
- Our merch printing uses Easiway Systems low VOC products for cleaning the screens and 100% of the ink used on EC merch is eco friendly.
- Our apparel supplier has joined the Amfori BSCI initiative. The Business Social Compliance Initiative is a leading supply chain management system that supports companies to drive social compliance and improvements within the factories and farms in their global supply chains.
- Main food suppliers use ingredients that are GM-free.
- One other area where we try to reduce our waste footprint is by having ‘buy back’ agreements in place with our food suppliers. We only open as much food as we need while preparing meals at camp (approx 9000 meals per day). Any left over, unopened food is taken back by suppliers and put back into the supply chain. Any uneaten leftover food (where it is deemed safe) is sent to people in need including church groups and local food banks. In 2021 we supported 3 local food banks with leftover food and grocery items instead of discarding it.
You can help us!
With help from you we can do even better.
- Please bring a reusable water bottle. These can be filled for free at our taps and Water Stations on site.
- Please only use what you need. If every camper used four napkins instead of one, there would be thousands of napkins wasted unnecessarily.
- Please use our recycling bins. It is not okay to drop litter on the ground. Help us by placing your waste into the correct bins.
- Take your tent and equipment home with you. Nothing should be considered disposable so please only bring equipment that is built to last.
- Please avoid using disposable wipes. Even biodegradable wipes (which quickly break down into microplastics) are problematic environmental pollutants.
- Please use bus transport or car-share to Eastercamp. Car exhaust is still the greatest contributor to global climate change. Join many others that travel to the camp by bus and help to reduce our carbon footprint.