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Staying Green

Read about our environmental sustainability initiatives and how you can help

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Big Green Coach

We’ve partnered with Big Green Coach once again as the official travel provider to Leeds Festival 2019.

With 39 pick up locations, there’s bound to be one near you. Return journeys start from just £33, book now before prices go up!

Skint? No worries, Big Green Coach have you covered with their DEPOSIT SCHEME where you can cover the cost of a coach seat and festival ticket for next to nothing and pay the balance later.

For every customer who books travel with Big Green Coach, they sponsor and protect 5 square foot of Amazonian Rainforest for 10 years. 1 million square foot has been saved already! Check out their website for more info.

Staying Green

We work very closely with Julie’s Bicycle, a not-for-profit organisation working on sustainability within the creative industries, as part of their Industry Green certification. In 2017 we achieved a fantastic 4 / 5 stars, thank you to everyone for participating!  You can read the full report here.

We are also proud to be one of the 70 Vision Festival’s committed to reducing our carbon emissions, read more here about the Vision Festival:2025 pledge.

Travel Impact

Travelling to the festival makes up 80% of the total carbon emissions generated (source: The Show Must Go On Report, 2015). You could travel by public transport or car share to help reduce this.

See the latest report here.


Energy generation is one of the biggest sources of carbon dioxide emissions globally and in the UK.

All of our tower and festoon lights are100% LED. LED lights are 95% more environmental friendly than fluorescent and incandescent lights.

Recycling Champion Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in the recycling championship at Leeds, the winning raffle ticket numbers are;

Gold 141128-58825835-183614852-437-500-CR

Please email [email protected] with a photo of your winning ticket reference number to claim you prize!

If you did not win this time you are all recycling champions to us.

Keep up the good work!

Water Refills

Tap water is free. Please feel free to refill your bottles at the taps provided.

Tents and Camping Equipment


When packing ready for the festival weekend, remember to pack wisely and only bring essential items, please do not bring any single use plastic (plastic bottles are allowed).

If you do bring your own tent we ask you to please take it, along with any other camping equipment home with you. If you leave it in the field it will most likely end up in landfill or incineration.

If you have any broken or unwanted tents chairs, gazebos, empty batteries, unopened tins of food after the festival, please take them to the Nifty Recycling Points.

If you want to donate your tent to charity, take it to your local charity shop. Please don’t leave it in the field.

If you really, really don’t want your tent, please pack it up and hand it into the Recycling Points in the campsites. Donated gear will make its way to charitable and community organisations.



We put together a salvage operation after the festival for organisations to collect some of the perfectly reusable camping equipment that is left behind, therefore reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill or incineration.

Information on Salvage applications for 2019 will be available here later in the year.

Campsite recycling points

When you arrive you will be given a clear plastic bag for recycling to help keep your campsite clean. When you’ve filled up your bags, bring them to the Recycling Points in the campgrounds and hand them in. You can get more recycling bags from here.

Three Bin System

We run a three-bin system at the festival, which means every bin station in the campsite and Main Arena will be formed by 3 bins:

COMPOST – When you buy food from the traders, everything your food comes in is compostable so plates, cutlery and napkins can be placed in the compost bins along with the food scraps. Please make sure NO PLASTIC goes into the compost.

RECYCLE – Plastic bottles, aluminium cans, newspapers, magazines and clean and dry cardboard (no used greasy pizza boxes as these do not recycle).

GENERAL WASTE – There should be minimal left over that goes into General Waste.

Bin Your Butts

Every butt has to be picked up by hand, so it would be awesome if you did not flick your cigarette and put it out before you bin it.

Leftover Food

If you have any unwanted non-perishable food left over then please leave it at the Recycling Point.