ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY
Assembly Festival continually strives to be a greener festival organiser and has implemented various ways across our festival venues to help achieve this.
GREEN ARTS INITIATIVE
Assembly Festival are proud to be year-round members of the Green Arts Initiative, championing the development of a greener arts sector in Scotland. Read more about the initiative and what member organisations are achieving here:
From recycling, to sourcing local suppliers, reducing waste and operating with low wattage lighting wherever possible. A full report of our activity and policies will be published soon, and a case study can be read here.
THE BIKE LIBRARY
This year Assembly Festival are engaging with a local initiative, The Bike Library by Sustrans, a charity that’s making it easier for people to walk and cycle. Where possible we are using electric cargo-bikes ridden by trained staff to move goods between our venues during the Fringe.
Assembly Festival endeavours to minimise waste and recycle as much as possible. All our venues are provided with Paper/Cardboard, Glass, Mixed Recycling, Food and General waste bins in both back of house areas as well as with general waste and recycling bins available for the publics use.
All plastic ware used in our bars is fully recyclable. We have also removed all plastic straws from our bars as part of the #thelaststraw campaign.
Where possible, food and drink outlets will strive to operate as green as possible through food recycling, compostable cutlery and packaging, and minimising food wastage.
We are working with www.moveon.org.uk to recycle all the waste wood that we generate. They are a community wood recycling project based in Edinburgh, who collect waste wood from building sites and other sources, sorting this timber, selling it on to builders and the general public and also making furniture.
Assembly Festival strives to operate on a paperless system of working through the implementation of online databases, timesheets and file sharing.
All Assembly Festival venues can be quickly and easily accessed via public transport links across the city with information and links to transport options included in our "Local Information" website page
Where possible, we encourage the public, staff and visiting companies to make use of Edinburgh's signed and well-maintained walking and cycle paths to get to and from our venues.
In order to ensure staff can get home safely after finishing late night shifts and to minimise the use of separate travel, Assembly Festival offer a Staff Taxi Service from midnight onwards which is available to all staff across venues on a first come first served basis.