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Goodwood ''Festival of Speed''

The Challenge

The Festival of Speed welcomed over 180,000 visitors, 20 sponsors and more than 400 exhibitors over the   four day event. The quantity of waste produced at the event was predicted to double that of the previous year when 276 tonnes of waste was generated, over 50% of which was diverted from landfill. 

The aim was to minimise waste by maximise recycling opportunities, ensuring that all general waste was managed in the most environmentally responsible way. They also wanted the event to comply with ISO20121, the international standard for sustainable event management. 

The Solution 

Whilst the Festival of Speed is a four day event,  a significant amount of waste was generated  during the five week set-up phase and two  week break-down at the end of the event. Veolia  representatives were on hand daily to support  exhibitors with their waste issues and enquiries.  A waste pricing policy was also introduced to  encourage exhibitors to take responsibility for  their waste. Veolia supplied roll-on, roll-off skips  and made over 100 collections, working with  exhibitors to separate bulky waste streams  including cardboard, metal and general waste.  60 tonnes of waste timber was also recovered  and recycled into woodchip for biomass  through Veolia’s Hampshire facilities.  

The Result 

The festival produced 476 tonnes of waste but  achieved an impressive diversion from landfill  rate of 83.5%. All the waste was effectively  segregated and successfully diverted from  landfill using recycling and recovery processes  within Veolia’s local facilities. Reducing the  amount of landfill waste also saved Goodwood several thousand pounds in waste disposal costs. During the festival itself, the Veolia team was always on hand, working around the clock to ensure that when the venue was closed, the site was cleared and cleaned for the next day. Veolia trucks operated into the night and our facilities remained operational to support the festival.  

Despite the time pressure, Veolia maintained the highest possible recycling standards, coordinating and distributing 100 240 litre bins for glass recycling at our Portsmouth facility. A food caddie system with biodegradable liners was also provided for hospitality areas to enable waste to be composted at Veolia’s Brighton facility.  

Some of the recycling highlights included: 60 tonnes of wood recycled into woodchip for biomass, 8.5 tonnes of metal and cables recycled, six tonnes of glass recycled into new glass bottles. 

Due to the success of the project, Veolia has secured a three year contract extension and is now the main waste management provider for the entire Goodwood estate. 

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