We work hard to make sure Bristol's beautiful streets, waterways and squares are not affected by the Bristol Harbour Festival but we need your help to make this a success. Each year we look at ways to minimise the carbon footprint of the festival. Here are some of the current measures and further updates will be announced in 2024.

Recycling your waste

Bristol Harbour Festival works year on year to increase recycling throughout the duration of the festival, and ensures that all waste collected is either recycled or goes towards renewable energy. Please help us to maintain the best rates of recycling by using the bins that are put out across the city centre and harbourside, and we will do our best to empty them regularly.


We all know the damage that plastics are causing to our oceans and rivers. Please consider not bringing any single-use plastic products to the Bristol Harbour Festival but if you do, please use our recycling bins.

We encourage every food trader and company trading at the festival to ensure they use recyclable packaging and limit food waste. We strongly discourage any single-use plastic being used by our partners at the festival including straws.

Take home as much as you can

If you bring a picnic, please take home as much of it as you can and dispose of it carefully.

Water fountains

It's important to stay hydrated, particularly if the weather is hot. We will be providing water fountains around the site to enable you to refill your bottles. 

Festival fuel

The power for our festival comes from the main supplies throughout the city’s parks wherever possible. Elsewhere we utilise generators with bio-fuel to minimise emissions and impact of the festival’s power consumption.

Travel to the festival

The biggest impact you can have on the festival’s carbon footprint is to consider your mode of transport to get you to and from the event. As a city-centre festival, this event is easily accessible through public transport and served by Bristol Temple Meads within easy walking distance. We encourage anyone coming from nearby neighbourhoods to walk or cycle and utilise the cycle parking across the city.