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 suppliers.

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 glass allowed.

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 subsidised 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 based tickets.

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 stakeholders.

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.