Environmental Statement

Our Commitment

Fringe Mount Gambier recognises that running a large scale arts festival has a direct impact on the environment. We are committed to a range of environmentally responsible practices with respect to the delivery of our free public events, organisational operations, and in our advice and guidance to registered events and venues.

We continue to grow our festival in a sustainable capacity and work closely with partners, contractors, and stakeholders regarding the staging of events and business operations.

Our commitment to sustainability includes minimising the environmental impact of a large-scale event, promotional collateral, office operation, and vehicle usage.

What We Do

Recycled/biodegradable materials

All glass and drink containers with a redeemable deposit are collected/sorted separately for recycling following Fringe Lift Off and Fringeland events by the local Scouts Association. In 2020 we have broadened our commitment to a single use plastic free environment by introducing a ban on plastic straws at Lift-Off and Fringeland events. Additionally, all cardboard waste is collected and recycled, and recycled and up-cycled furnishings are used to decorate the festival site. Finally, all of our volunteers and committee members at Fringe Mount Gambier recycle all possible materials, such as paper, cardboard, printer cartridges, plastics, glass, metal, etc. 

Events and Venues

We all have a responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint. Here at Fringe Mount Gambier, we have communicated with every venue and event to ensure they play their part. Some of the guidelines we communicate to the venues are:

  • Promoting local produce.
  • Recycling all promotional material.
  • Turning electronics OFF when not in use. 

Distribution of Event Material

Fringe Mount Gambier posters and programs are printed with recycled paper and environmentally friendly inks.

We recommend that all flyers and posters are recycled after use.

Fringe Mount Gambier is committed to using paperless technology wherever possible and this will include the distribution of event information. We encourage our sponsors to also distribute their promotional material in a paperless manner and/or on recycled paper where possible.

What You Can Do

Reduce single-use plastic

Fringe Mount Gambier does not manage the operation of venues. Whilst we outline that all venues have a responsibility towards sustainable practices, we further urge all Fringe-goers to encourage venues by adopting the following behaviours:

  • Utilise reusable drinking bottles and coffee cups.
  • Utilise provided recycling bins at events.
  • Avoid excessive food packaging.
  • Say no to disposable cutlery.
  • Use tote bags instead of plastic bags.

We encourage all the participants to find the most environmentally friendly way to come to the events. This may include taking public transportation, sharing car rides, or walk or bike.

For any queries or feedback please contact the Fringe Mount Gambier Festival Events Manager: contact@fringemountgambier.com.au