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
The move is expected to have a
significant impact, with plastic found to be a major waste item at the weekly
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
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
This includes supporting organisers of
events held on City land to find alternatives to single use plastics, and to
divert materials from landfill.