Festival Recycling Team

Buddhafield Festival 2018 | That’s All Folks!

A man and a woman carrying bags of recycling across a field.

Lets keep it clean ... | Image © Mim Saxl Photography 2012

On this page you can find out about what the Buddhafield Festival Recycling Team does, what we need you to be able to commit to and how to volunteer.

Every year when I attend festivals I always get frustrated about the amount of rubbish that doesn't end up getting recycled, but how can I whine about it if I don't do my bit to stop it. This year I want to help and learn and grow. I want to be a part of something that happens for the right reasons, and I want to love and laugh with other people that feel the same way. I love Buddhafields ethos and all that you stand for.

We are looking for a team of enthusiastic energetic people committed to the idea of recycling. Even a small festival like ours generates a huge amount of rubbish and we want to see the bare minimum going to landfill. Our efforts get more successful every year, with virtually every bag of rubbish opened and hand sorted! We aim not only to continue and improve this high standard but to re-integrate the recycling activities with the festival.

We need people who want to get their hands dirty and and are passionate about reducing waste. The recycling teams operate in shifts collecting rubbish and recycling from around the site and then sorting it where appropriate into its various categories.

This year we will have a sorting facility that is covered and visible to the public, bringing what is often a peripheral activity into the sphere of peoples awareness. This aims to cultivate a greater general awareness around the issue of waste management and also make the recycling crew’s work easier, encouraging people by example to join in the sorting process and make better use of the bins provided. If you want to be part of this evolving effort from the 11th July onwards then get in touch through the link below.


Ideally we’d like you to arrive Sunday 15th of July in the afternoon/evening. We start setting up the bins and stations on Monday 16th and Tuesday the 17th.

During the festival each recycling point will need to be emptied and kept tidy. After the festival ends, on Monday-Wednesday there is still a large amount to do. Volunteers are free to leave on Wednesday 25th July (work finishes at the end of day).

During the festival, you are asked to do 2 x 5 hour shifts from Thursday till Sunday.

A Word about Alcohol and Drugs

Please have a think about our view on drink and drugs.

We don’t wish to judge people’s views on this — and hope it won’t put you off applying! And if this would be a new way of experiencing a festival for you then why not give it a try?! However please bear in mind that if you choose to work with us, then we’d like this policy to be respected.

Join a Team: Buddhafield Festival Recycling Team Recruiting Soon

Recruitment will be opening shortly: email links will appear here.

© Mim Saxl Photography 2012

For an overview of Festival volunteering visit the main volunteering page.