Leading Australian music festival organisers have united with Green Music Australia and Music Victoria to access and workshop ideas surrounding the environmental impact of festival campgrounds.
In a statement released by Green Music Australia, festivals including Falls Festival, UNIFY Gathering, Party In The Paddock, Lost Paradise and more have come together at a roundtable session in Melbourne to commit to sharing ideas and creating "active strategies to change their own practices as well as influence and encourage punters to change their behaviour".
Some of these ideas included banning single-use plastic and asking festival attendees to take a 'leave no trace' pledge when purchasing their tickets.
Lost Paradise organisers, Finely Tuned, drew national media attention following the festival earlier this year, which saw campsites left strewn with camping equipment and rubbish at the end of the NYE festival.
Following the roundtable discussion, founder and director of Finely Tuned, Simon Beckingham, has said the "…the entire extended Lost Paradise family are excited and fully committed to collaboratively identifying and implementing solutions to encourage and assist festival attendees to evaluate and tailor what they bring to the many beautiful festival sites Australia-wide (and beyond!)"
"Particularly in today’s perceived 'throwaway culture' it's disheartening to witness tent and shade infrastructures left behind, non eco-friendly glitter blocking water supplies and escaping into the eco-system… And as for single use plastic bottles, GRRRRR - let's collectively reduce landfill!"
"To ensure music festivals can continue to use magical locations like the Grampians, it’s imperative that we work proactively on ways to minimise our waste footprint," added Grampians Music Festival's Carly Flecknoe. "We are so excited to be part of some awesome festivals who are working at grass roots levels to address this issue and share their ideas."
Earlier this year, The Music took a look at the environmental impact of music festivals, read it here.