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Rock and recycle at eco-friendly festival

The music festival with a conscience, Shambala is upping its game this year by encouraging a team effort between the organisers and festival-goers to reduce their waste.

This year, organisers of Shambala with help from waste management firm Network Recycling UK have put new measures in place to improve its recycling rates.

Members of the public who buy tickets have to sign up to a declaration to get involved, reduce rubbish, look after each other, buy local and help reduce their carbon footprint.

Shambala picked up the 2008 award for most sustainable event in the UK.

Festival director and event co-ordinator Chris Johnson said: You cant buy a ticket without agreeing to the declaration. Our proposition is that if the public want us to pay to get rid of their waste and also feature great bands, then they need to help us out. It really is a team effort that were trying to culture between the festival organisers and the public.

Each member of public attending will be handed two bags to separate their recyclables from their non-recyclables. Shambala staff will also provide information on recycling and waste management tips.

Vendors onsite must use only biodegradable packaging made from corn starch, which will then be composted at local plants. Battery collections will also be available and this year everything
Shambala makes, such as décor, sculptures and furniture will be kept and stored for the following year.

Network Recycling UK is also providing services for festivals such as The Big Chill and Womad this year. Project manager Clive Philips said: We collect anything left on site that can be recycled. This year there is a lot more focus on reducing waste in the campsite. We find the smaller festivals are more conscious of their waste.

The festival attracts 7,000 music lovers and is set in a secret location in Northampstonshire.

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