Buddhafield Festival Recycling Ethos

Buddhafield Festival 2018 | That’s All Folks!

A young man standing in front of a sign:

Leave No Trace | Image © John Fleming 2016

Buddhafield’s “Take Your Landfill Home” policy.

Buddhafield is asking, with love, for you to participate as best as you can with our recycling policy. Everyone will receive a small clear bag for you to take responsibility and take your landfill home. You are welcome to put as much as possible in the correct recycling bin. Please help us to recycle, and recycle in the correct bins. If you have anything that you can not put in any of the corresponding bins, please come and visit the recycling tent.

Committed to a radically participatory ethic, we believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart. We are all responsible for properly removing all trash. Everything you bring might become trash: tent stakes, bottle caps, ashes, wood debris, orange peels, cigarette butts, pistachio shells, rope fibers, sequins. Please use your heart and do your best to recycle.

Plan Ahead to Leave No Trace!

Buddhafield respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.

Contrary to popular belief, Leave No Trace is not something you do at the end of your stay on the event. Leave No Trace takes place every stage of the event: in fact, it starts at home! Where you can think what to bring to the event. “Do I need to bring all this packaging?” Try and leave as much as possible packaging at home.

After you get all your food and beverages home, it’s time to remove and discard all the excess packaging. For instance, your cereal’s already in a bag — why do you need a box as well?

Reducing your trash, sorting out the recyclables, keeping bags under control: these are all pretty simple tasks if you think about it.


A part of this mission involves composting all organic waste which will, after it has fully composted, end up back on the land.

In the composting process the organic waste is left in the white, Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) for 2 years, these IBC’s are rolled every quarter and then after the two years volunteers dig out each IBC and transfer the waste to compost bays at the festival site for it to rot further.

Many man hours goes into giving the earth back its soil, it is a toil of love.

But every year so many of the food waste IBC's have more non-degradable rubbish in them then organic waste. This makes the job composting obsolete. Some IBC's this year were so full of rubbish, then it all will end up in land fill.

There is an IBC at each recycling point for you compost. Please only fill them with compostables!!

We must take responsibility for our own trash, including recycling.The process of leaving no trace should be started before one even leaves their home for the event, and should in fact carry over into one’s daily life, because the entire planet on which we live deserves to be treated with the same sense of reverence as the event.

Landfills across the world are quickly filling up and more and more of our precious land is being taken to house the millions of tons of trash that our race accumulates every year. Studies have shown that 25-50% of this refuse is material that need not be filling up these landfills, as it is recyclable. Recycling is cheap and easy, and the benefits are immeasurable. By taking the time to minimize the amount of material that is brought onto the event, one can minimize the possibility of accidentally having something hit the ground.

The most important thing you can do is to shift your perspective. We’ll give you all kinds of practical advice, tips and tricks, but the most valuable piece of advice is to look at everything in your planning process with a green perspective. The first step is to stop — and think. Learn and consider the 6 R’s: Respect, Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Restore. With those in mind, how can you do things differently? Think about that question from the beginning through to the end of your festival experience.

How Buddhfaield has Improved

In 2015:

  • There was 1100 Kg of paper and plastic recycled.
  • 450 Kg of glass.
  • There was a 10m skip and an 8m skip filled with landfill.

In 2016:

  • We recycled 760 kg cardboard for £0.
  • We recycled 260 kg cans for £0.
  • We recycled 220 kg plastic bottles for £54.
  • We recycled 220 kg glass for £6.
  • Total cost for recycling £60!

There was a 12m skip which was also filled with landfill.
There was an estimate of about 8m landfill! Which is amazing knowing we had 2 skips last year!
The skip cost £468, so lets see if we can reduce it in 2017!

Tips and Hints

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
    For each item that you’re bringing to the event, think through how you’re going to dispose of it.
  2. Reduce Packaging
    Bringing less in means having less to haul out. Leave unnecessary packaging at home. Food often comes in layers of plastic and cardboard, but also cast a critical eye toward the toys and camping gear you’re bringing. Unpacking them before arriving on the festival spares you the hassle of bringing back styrofoam packing and shrinkwrap. Choose stainless steel/aluminum over plastic bottles, and reusable containers.
  3. Before You Leave to Go Back Home
    Check where you were camped to remove any rubbish that is on the ground. Look good for the tiny bits to ensure animals don't eat them when we all leave.
  4. The Environment
    Buddhafield believes strongly in protecting the environment and making the event more sustainable. But we need you to help make that happen.