No more plastic for Nightjar Festival

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Johnstone Park will be plastic free during the popular Nightjar Festival events in February.

Organisers of the annual festival have introduced a ban on all plastics this year, as they aim to meet a zero-waste target.

The move is expected to have a significant impact, with plastic found to be a major waste item at the weekly festival.

Nightjar’s mix of music, roving performers, market stalls and food outlets attracts a total of more than 60,000 people to its events in Torquay and Geelong each year.

The first of the four weekly events in Geelong will be held on 1 February 2019.

Nightjar has been working with its stallholders, musicians and event sponsors over the past few years to minimise its environmental impacts.

With the help of environmental solutions group B-Alternative, Nightjar reduced the amount of waste sent to landfill by 65 per cent in 2018.

It was also able to compost 70 per cent of the festival waste, through the compulsory use of compostable food packaging.

Organisers set a target of composting 100 per cent of the waste during its 2019 season, with an ultimate aim of making the compost available for purchase at the festival. 

The plastics ban will ensure that paper straws, aluminium cans, cardboard drinking cartons, paper and fabric carry bags are used in the Johnstone Park precinct.

Nightjar’s sustainability push comes as the City of Greater Geelong aims to reduce its own plastic waste and work with other organisations to improve their own results.

The City has committed to developing a Plastic Wise program, which has a goal of reducing single use plastics at City events, functions and work sites.

The Plastic Wise program will form part of the Geelong War on Waste Campaign, which will provide information and encourage others to reduce single use plastics.

The program will build on existing initiatives that reduce single use plastics at Child and Family Centres.

We will also partner with key businesses to reduce single use plastics and encourage businesses to adopt plastic wise principles.

Councillor Bruce Harwood - Mayor 

We welcome the move of organisers to minimise Nightjar’s footprint by removing all plastic from its festival site

The City has a very strong focus on the environment and has been a leader in the introduction of programs to reduce our carbon footprint.

This includes supporting organisers of events held on City land to find alternatives to single use plastics, and to divert materials from landfill.

Page last updated: Friday, 1 February 2019