Bristol Harbour Festival goes straw-free for 2018

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Official traders and bars at this year’s Bristol Harbour Festival are going plastic straw free for the weekend of the event.

All market traders, food outlets and bars have committed to not using plastic straws, which can cause enormous harm to marine life once they reach the oceans. Traders who are not part of the official Harbour Festival markets but are within the event’s footprint are being encouraged to take the same step.

The move to ban plastic straws continues the Bristol Harbour Festival of holding as green an event as possible, despite the huge numbers of people the event draws to the city centre and Harbourside. Over the weekend, some 250,000 people pass through the event.

The Harbour Festival’s official waste management partner is Critical Waste, a sustainable company who specialise in clearing up at major events and festivals. Their staff will be carrying out constant litter picks throughout the weekend and making sure as much waste as possible is recycled.

Extra bins will be placed across the Harbour Festival site, making sure people enjoying the event will have plenty of options for disposing of their waste. Organisers are encouraging visitors to avoid using single-use plastic bottles – there will be free drinking fountains in Millennium Square and Queen Square - and to take as much litter home with them as possible.

Ahead of the festival, Bristol’s growing paddle board community will be doing their bit to ensure the Floating Harbour looks at its best for the festival weekend. They've been carrying our their own litter picks this week, supporting the regular work of Clean Up Bristol Harbour.

You can read more about the group on their website.