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Green dreams at summer festivals

As the summer months pass by with a whole string of festivals, the Green Dream Machine is an attempt to make such gatherings as environmentally friendly as possible.
With revellers renowned for the amount of waste they produce predominantly in the form of empty beer cans the new initiative is aiming to turn what people throw away into eye-catching artwork that will form the centre piece of the main stage.
The Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival which is due to commence on August 11 generates over 40 tonnes of waste, which would previously have contributed to landfill.
But through the Green Dream Machine project, recycling points will be set up and sign-posted in the performance area and camp site. A specially designed bike, made from recycled parts will also tour the area, collecting recyclables from festival-goers.
Music fans will then be given the opportunity to participate in the sorting of the collected materials and contribute to the construction of a piece of environmental art that will provide an on-stage backdrop to the festival finale.
The Inverness-shire event is also employing the help of organisations such as Eco Police and Friends of the Earth to help it in its quest.
Organiser Joe Gibbs said: We are making a conscious effort at Tartan Heart 2006 to increase awareness around the impact festivals like this have on the environment and how it is everyones responsibility to do their bit to minimise and repair some of the damage.
We have perhaps the most beautiful setting in the world for a festival and it is important that we do everything we can to ensure that it stays that way.
Acts that will be wowing audiences at the two day event include Martha Wainwright, Echo and the Bunnymen, Embrace and the Wonderstuff.


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