Boomtown Fair’s Chapter 11 in 2019 saw a surge in the number of citizens taking responsibility for taking their tents & equipment home – with a 50% reduction in campsite waste.
Boomtown focused on educating the Boomtown audience through the festival narrative on the damaging effects of the single use culture. They continued to promote their established pre pitched options and trailed a new ‘pick-up a pop up’ service – tents which can be ordered for £45.00 picked up on arrival then sold back to the event for £10.00 to be cleaned ready for rehire the next year.
Boomtown introduced a dedicated zero waste camp, in collaboration with Environmental Recovery Solutions, located in the campsite identified as the area needing the biggest help to transform it into a zero waste space. Campers benefited from one of the most central campsite locations, a Nifty Bin system to sort the waste at the source, campsite helpers who’ll assisted everyone living there to maintain the clean camp ethos, plus free workshops to inspire a zero-waste lifestyle after the festival. As a result there was a 90% reduction in tents left in that area compared to 2018.
Boomtown also continued with the successful eco-bond scheme through which festival-goers have a £10 deposit returned to them when they hand in a bag of recycling.