For the past eight years, the FME and GÉCO have worked together to make each successive edition of the festival more ecologically responsible, and this year we plan to do better than ever.
- The presence of a Géco “green team” to ensure proper triage of waste, site cleanup, and educating the public about the ecological impact of waste management
- Sale of reusable cups bearing the FME logo
- Water fountains for refilling reusable water bottles to help reduce the use of bottled water (a real ecological scourge)
- “Eco-duos” (recycling bins and garbage bins) for proper sorting of waste
- Art projects along 7th Street constructed principally of recycled and reused materials
- As we did for prior editions, we will evaluate our ecological performance and make recommendations using criteria furnished by GÉCO
NEW FOR 2017
With a view to continual improvement, the FME and GÉCO are offering festivalgoers two new options to decrease the festival’s environmental footprint:
- Organic matter composting! The GÉCO is now offering an organic matter collection and sorting service during the event.
- In order to continue and build upon these ecologically responsible initiatives, an eco-participation fee of $0.50 will be added to the cost of each FME 2017 event ticket.
WORKING TOWARD BEST ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES DURING THE EVENT
It is important to know that people attending this type of event can produce FIVE TIMES AS MUCH WASTE as they normally do. It is important to GÉCO that each festivalgoer takes steps to reduce their environmental impact during the event.
The principle of 4RV is the basis of ecologically responsible action. Familiarize yourself with its basics in applying the following hierarchy:
- RETHINK= Take the time to reflect on your real needs, your practices, and your consumption choices.
- REDUCE= Avoid the purchase and use of products that quickly become garbage. For example, avoid excess packaging, disposable articles, promotional materials, etc.
Reduction, reduction, reduction! This is the most important factor to combat overconsumption.
- REUSE = Give things a second life. For example, use washable dishes or napkins instead of disposables, or use the other side of a sheet of paper instead of a new sheet.
- RECYCLE = Deposit all recyclable material in a recycling bin, according to local policy (e.g. metal, paper, cardboard, plastic (except #6), glass)
We remind you that recycling bins are distributed throughout show venues and other festival sites.
- RESPECT = When reuse is not possible, recycle. In addition to reducing landfill, recycling reduces the need for primary materials. Make sure that the object is truly recyclable. Turn your organic waste into compost; make your old CDs into works of art…