As a seaside town, residents of Troon are all too aware of the amounts of plastic that arrives on the west coast of Scotland from the sea. In keeping with work being done by local groups to keep the beaches cleaner WinterStorm are keen to develop our own waste strategy that will reduce the rubbish footprint that the event leaves behind. To that end we are planning on the following.
South Ayrshire Council
We have had great discussions with the council to ensure that unlike last year we do not leave a footprint behind us. The council are fully supportive of our aim to reduce landfill and will ensure:
- That sufficent general waste, recycling and food bins will be available for our use outside the hall
- That uplifts of full bins will be undertaken through the weekend where necessary
- They will provide red bags for rubbish collection for the first WinterStorm beach clean on Saturday morning from 10am
Friends of Troon Beaches
We have spoken with the organisers of the regular community clean up programme known as Friends of Troon Beaches, to see whether we can arrange for a wee extra beach clean to clear yer heids on the Saturday morning before the PA cranks up! Hopefully some of you may be interested in a wee two minute pick up whil you walk the beaches and you can help the Ocean's at the same time! We will let you know how this pans out but if you're interested let us know!
For 2017 we want zero waste to landfill and 75% target for recycling.
We will have separate food and recycleable waste bins around all the halls
Reusable Cup Deposits
To minimise the waste from plastic beer cups, we are introducing reusable cups at the bars throughout the weekend. Guests will pay £2 deposit (a single token) on your first beer and get it back when you return the cup at the end of the night or at the end of the weekend (before midnight on Saturday night) to our refund points at the welcome desk and merchandise desks.
We are looking at cup cleaning stations and fresh cup exchanges for the bars through the weekend. We will have plastic glasses available this year should they be required but we aim to reduce their use to zero by 2018.
We have designed a limited number of exclusive WinterStorm branded cups.
Due to the problems that plastic waste causes to the environment we are trying to reduce as much plastic waste as possible and will be taking as many steps as possible to reduce the number of bottles being used.
- Water coolers will replace plastic bottles on stage where possible
- Water coolers will be placed throughout the hall offering FREE chilled water and paper cups
- Paper straws will replace plastic straws
- Compostable plates and cutlery will replace plastic
Three Bin System
We will run a three-bin systemover the weekend, which means every bin station in the halls will be formed by:
When you buy food at WinterStorm everything your food comes in is compostable so plates, cutlery and napkins can be placed in the compost bins along with the food scraps. All you need to do is please make sure NO PLASTIC goes into the compost bins.
Plastic bottles, aluminium cans, newspapers, magazines and clean and dry cardboard.
There should be minimal left over that goes into General Waste.