Festivals and Events Sustainability Policy
Festivals Malta with its stakeholders are setting a new national standard for festivals and
events in Malta. Following up from the policies in place for individual events, this policy will
be the recommended standard for all festivals and events under the Festivals Malta
umbrella and beyond. By adhering to the below policy you are contributing to Malta’s
position as an international event destination.
1. All events must operate a “Leave No Trace” philosophy. Every event should leave the
event site as clean (if not cleaner) than on arrival.
2. Packaging should be reduced at source. Don’t use or promote products that have
packaging, and reduce all packaging wherever possible. Leave a legacy with
3. Support the Festivals Malta “Bring your own container” initiative for food and drinks.
Vendors to serve participants in their own drinking bottle/cooler/bowl/plate! No
4. Recycling and composting bins must be present at every event. The aim is to be zero
to landfill, resources are precious and Malta is a small island! “Waste” collection
companies that are engaged must agree to dispose of waste correctly.
5. All food vendors and bars must only use compostable or paper disposables. All food
waste and paper disposables must be added to the compost bins. The compost is to
be sent to WasteServ. Use the Food Vendor policy to implement.
6. Cigarette Butt bins are to be provided throughout the event sites, portable pocket
ashtrays can be handed out as optional. Smoking allowed where legal, no smoking
areas are encouraged.
7. Promote conscious transport options. Use public transport, shuttle buses, park and
ride initiatives, carpooling, cycling or walking. Assist local communities/artists with
subsidized transport. Gozo events should be supported with extra ferry trips and free
transport for artists.
8. Dispensers must be used for drinking water wherever possible and water must have
an option of being dispensed in refillable containers or compostable disposables.
Drinking water in single-use plastic bottles must be discouraged.
9. Use biodegradable or organic washing products as a preference. Reduce the amount
of chemicals you are using, ask vendors and suppliers to do the same.
10. All waste water should be contained. Grey water should be captured into containers
and deposited in agreed sewerage systems.
11. Portable toilets should use ecological (ideally, enzyme based) products rather than
the traditional, formaldehyde-based chemicals.
12. Reduce energy consumption. Ask suppliers to use LED lighting wherever possible,
look into power sourcing alternatives. Choose low impact materials in procurement.
13. Paperless choices should be made whenever possible, encouraging use of app based
programmes, digital solutions and less print. Ensure enough scanner points for app
14. Employ cleaners to work throughout the event, these can be volunteers, clean ups
run by participants of the event or paid workers. A clean floor stays a clean floor.
15. Contribute to the local community. Give back to the local area in any way you can,
source workers locally, buy local, use local goods.
16. Build awareness. Get participants, suppliers, crew, vendors engaged in what you are
aiming to achieve. Publish your sustainability policies pre-event, communicate your
intentions and initiatives. Use social media, national media, press.
17. Organisers commit to keeping up to date with international standards and invest in
their own growth and training. Knowledge should be shared between organisers and
18. Events and Festivals should be created with consideration towards the national
programme of events and with a unique flavour to ensure less cross over.
19. Create a Legacy. Focus on education throughout, create event signage with tips how
participants can contribute, make educational boards for the event, employ
sustainability volunteers to promote your initiatives on site, get participants to share
their experiences and leave empowered and inspired.
20. Report, review and share. Announce the events achievements, review systems for
improvement and refinement, share your learnings.