KUCHING: The Rainforest World Music Festival is stepping up on its green initiatives this year to make the internationally-renowned event more sustainable.
Event organiser Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) said this was in line with the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.
“STB is walking the extra mile to incorporate green initiatives into various aspects of the festival to ensure its sustainability and to enhance guests’ experience with a greener note,” STB chief executive Sharzede Salleh Askor said.
The initiatives include working with food and beverage vendors to select biodegradable tableware and installing water dispensers throughout the festival site to reduce the use of plastic bottles.
Festival-goers will also find recycling bins with creative signage and posters to help them segregate food waste and recyclables. The sponsor Trienekens will handle the treatment of recyclables on site.
To encourage visitors to segregate their waste and use the bins, STB is partnering with Spativate on the #Urbins project which gets local community members to submit designs for some of the recycling bins to attract attention.
“Organic waste and food scraps will also be made use of as we have partnered with Biji-Biji Initiative and WormingUp, a Kuching-based social enterprise, to collect and channel leftover food into compost bins.
“These organic materials will either be given to worm farms to make bio-protein or to farmers for composting,” Sharzede said.
“In addition, we have enlisted the help of local university students and mobilised volunteers to assist with these waste management strategies and help raise public awareness on this topic,” she added.
Even promotional banners from the previous year will be upcycled by Biji-biji Initiative into tote bags.
Now in its 22nd year, the Rainforest World Music Festival takes place on July 12-14 at the Sarawak Cultural Village.