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Sustainability and St Leonards Festival

St Leonards Festival is working with festivals and carnivals around the UK as part of Carnival Acting Responsibly for the Environment. We aim to make festivals more sustainable. We are implementing targets for carbon and waste reduction and tools to measure our progress.

What can you do to help?

Get the train, cycle, walk, or share a lift to St Leonards Festival

Bring a reusable water bottle instead of using single plastic bottles

Don't buy more food than you can eat

Use on-site recycling bins

Here are St Leonards Festival's
Sustainability Benchmarks

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2021: We reduced our waste to 3,300L from 4,400L in 2019.


  • Only one food vendor was supplied during the 2021 festival.  Most years there will be around 7.


  • 2025: 45% of waste will either be reduced, recycled or refused.

  • 2030: 90% of our waste will be reduced, recycled or reused.

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  • Finding an area to distribute water in Warrior Square. 

  • Further reduce waste by limiting biodegradable cups. 

  • Persuading Hastings Borough Council to install water in Warrior Square / Finding a company that can cater to our needs as a one-day festival.



  • 2025: In negotiating with our local water company to create a permanent water supply solution for the festival and the neighbourhood. 

  • 2030:  Permanent water supply solution for the festival and the neighbourhood. 

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2021: Our audience have travelled 725.8 miles and mostly have traveled by walking to the festival and by car despite us encouraging use of public transportation. 


  • Encouraging the use of public transport.

  • Measuring artists, staff and stallholder miles.


  • 2025: Reduced our CO2 emissions by 10%.

  • 2030: Reduced our CO2 emissions by 20%

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2021: We had a 40KVA (40,000 VA) 220 Litres. 199 Litres used (21 litres leftover).


  • Switch to use renewable energy.

  • Measure energy output for all food stalls


  • 2025: Partnered with a renewable energy company. 50% of the festival is powered by renewable energy. 

  • 2030: 100% of the festival is powered by renewable energy.

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