Belladrum festival continues to lower its carbon footprint whilst remaining Scotland’s most eco-friendly event. The Green Dream Machine (GDM)* will clock up another first at this year’s festival by collecting up to 5 tonnes of food waste. Not only will this reduce the festival’s land-fill but the food waste will be converted into a high quality compost.
“Compost Corner” as it has been dubbed is a simple system and will be managed by Bella’s own green champion and GDM volunteer, Catriona MacLeod. Catriona explained, “This year we will have dedicated wheelie bins and skips for all the caterers’ food waste. This waste will be taken off-site to a nearby in-vessel composter and within a few weeks this waste will be converted into a rich, high quality compost.”
Last year, 2008, saw GDM deliver the amazing RecycleBall, a giant inflatable rolled around the site collecting materials that are then used in the GDM children’s workshops where the materials are used to create a range of artefacts.
In another green move, 450 left-behind tent pegs were located and dug up from camp sites at the festival by local metal-detector Eric Soane. By a stroke of good fortune, Mr Soane found that MacLeod Organics at Ardersier were short of anchors for a strawberry net and came to the rescue by recycling the tent pegs for that purpose.