WASTE MANAGEMENT and recycling company Biffa is predicted its busiest summer yet, as it prepares for a packed festival season.
Biffa has been contracted for recycling and waste management services at some of the UK’s busiest festivals including Parklife, Download, Global Gathering, Latitude, V, Creamfields and Leeds Festival.
The core Biffa team, Charlie Campbell, Paul Warner and Andy Wark, will between them be overseeing the recycling and safe management of almost 3,000 tonnes of waste from hundreds of thousands of revellers. "We'll be recycling more festival waste than ever before," says Biffa Project Manager Charlie Campbell, "Managing the waste collected by Ryans Cleaning teams at so many festivals is a great opportunity - we're going to be diverting an enormous amount of waste from landfill and might even get chance to see a band or two."
Ryans Cleaning is a leading company in festival cleaning services. Ryans will be providing the litter picking teams, with Biffa providing the waste and recycling expertise.
Waste at each of the festivals will be collected into separate streams of food waste (including paper plates and biodegradable cutlery), recycling and general rubbish. Some of the litter pickers will be dedicated to the collection of cans.
Ryans Cleaning CEO Pat Ryan added, "It's great to be working with Biffa again for the festival season. Our collective experience working at these types of outdoor events allows us to clean-up and return each site to its pre-event condition."
"Between us, we will be recycling the rubbish generated by visitors and cafes. This is impressive considering the short-term opportunities to engage with people and get waste separated at source."
Biffa's Charlie Campbell concluded, "People are used to recycling at home and at work. By having a very visible recycling scheme [at festivals], we are confident that people will bring their recycling behaviour to the festival.
"We're sure this year is going to be one of the biggest - and greenest - festival seasons yet. Recycling as much as possible is what Biffa does best. If we all make the effort to support the litter pickers and recyclers at festivals, we can help keep the countryside clean and green for years to come."