Thursday, December 7, 2023

Belper Goes Green Going Greener

This year Transition Belper, who are the organisers of Belper Goes Green, hope to replace the mountain of plastic glasses thrown in the bin with souvenir glasses made from recycled plastic.

The glasses – pint and half pint – will be on sale for £1 each and would make an excellent addition to the picnic box.

Being a sports field, glass is not allowed outside the Rugby Clubhouse so licence conditions dictate the use of plastic.

Belper Goes Green new reusable glass.

Ola Wilson is creating a labyrinth from cardboard boxes donated by DS Smith recycling. These will not be going to Loscoe recycling centre afterwards but will be returned to DS Smith, along with any other cardboard used at the festival. It will all then be processed and turned into new cardboard boxes.

Caterers have also been informed that the use of polystyrene or other non-compostable or non-recyclable material will not be permitted.

Finally, the power for the PA systems used on both stages will be renewable.

The Solar Stage will be powered, quite naturally, by solar panels whilst the Bike Stage will be powered by any festival visitors who want to get on a bike and pedal away to generate electricity. We’ll also have displays from Derwent Hydro and V3 Power are hoping to bring a small water turbine to put into Coppice Brook to demonstrate getting power from water.

Belper Goes Green takes place at Belper Rugby Club from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th June and full details can be found here.

Claire Meese


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