Towersey ‘Wombles’ see green

The Festival Supplier Awards 2016: Winner

The efforts of Towersey Festival’s famed ‘Wombles’ have been officially recognised as part of a prestigious festival award.

The Festival Suppliers Awards 2016 recognise the achievements and hard work of behind-the-scenes outdoor event suppliers.

Top honours in the Best Waste Management category went to Grundon Waste Management Ltd for Towersey Festival, where our ‘Wombles’ ensure the site is kept clean, and as much rubbish is recycled and recovered as possible.

The Festival Supplier Award judges stated the Grundon/ Towersey entry showed: “Not just a waste management solution but a sustainable initiative, great engagement with festival goers that actually delivers tangible results.”

In 2015, more than 86% of waste was recovered or recycled from Towersey Festival, with almost half of the nearly 19,000kg of waste collected sent to Energy From Waste. Over 6,000kg of mixed recyclables, such as paper, cardboard and plastics, aluminium and steel cans, were recycled.

It’s estimated that the operation saved the equivalent of 85 trees, saved 4,374kg of CO2, and generated over 5MWh of power.

Towersey campers are given recycling and waste bags and asked to clear their own pitch at the end of the festival, while traders are encouraged to do their bit for the environment too. In addition, volunteer group the ‘Towersey Wombles’ provide advice and information to festival-goers on recycling, and aid with the vast clean-up operation.

Joe Heap, Towersey Festival Director said: “We’re very pleased to have the festival’s green credentials recognised by this award. Grundon and our ‘Wombles’ do a great job every year, as do those who attend the festival – from ticket-holders and stall owners, to even the performing acts.

“We believe that effective Waste Management is something that contributes to Towersey’s popularity, with keeping the site visibly clean just one element. The environmental impact of the festival is something we take seriously.”

Shaun Workman, Business Development and Special Events Sales Manager, said: “We also do our best to encourage a sustainable approach, with segregation and recycling high on the agenda and that’s something which is especially important to the Towersey team. We’re delighted to have our hard work and that of the Towersey Festival organisers recognised with this award.”

Founded in 1929, Grundon is the UK’s largest family-owned supplier of integrated waste management and environmental solutions. Operated from depots across the south of England, they work with over 100 major events every year, from Formula1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone to Henley Royal Regatta.

The Festival Supplier Awards 2016 took place in January 2016.