In 2019, Caloundra Music Festival (CMF) continues to be a beacon of environmental consciousness as it works toward creating a sustainable and responsible event.
Now in its 13th year, Caloundra Music Festival remains committed to achieving its vision of environmental sustainability, introducing new initiatives and encouraging all festival-goers, artists and crew to play their part.
In 2013, Caloundra Music Festival set out to be the first Australian festival to eliminate the single-use plastic water bottle. The festival introduced the #BYOBottle campaign and has had overwhelming success with the initiative.
“It’s easy to get fresh, clean water with multiple free refill stations across the festival site,” CMF Director Richie Eyles says. “Festival goers can also buy reusable cups and save us using plastic ones in our food and beverage areas.”
CMF Waste Warriors - Image © Brett Croese
Caloundra Music Festival is striving to reduce even more waste by separating cardboard, aluminium cans, soft plastics and organics, which will significantly reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
Other green initiatives include LED stage and back-of-house lightning, use of solar lights in and around the festival site, valet bike parking, shuttle bus and reusing signage. Additionally, 32 Waste Warriors will dedicate approximately 476 volunteer hours to litter-picking and waste separation, while vendors are required to use compostable cutlery and plates.
These new initiatives for 2019 align with both Queensland’s new container refund scheme and Sunshine Coast Council’s commitment to phase out single-use plastics at council-run events.
Everyone heading along to Caloundra Music Festival is encouraged to participate in fulfilling their environmental charter and keep the site clean-and-green by making conscious decisions about how they dispose of their rubbish.
Caloundra Music Festival (Sunshine Coast) is on 4-7 October.