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Blues & BBQ Festival to reduce waste

Released on: 11 September 2018

Released on: 11 September 2018

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Blues and BBQ Festival organisers are leading the waste reduction charge through a new partnership with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, which will see a range of waste reduction strategies trialled at this weekend’s event.

The innovative waste management approach has come about as a result of the willingness of the local event organisers to work with Council, who are an event sponsor and key advocate for local waste reduction.

Group Manager Liesa Davies said it’s great to see local event organisers introducing innovative solutions to support our community’s desire to reduce waste, and to help keep our region beautiful.

“We know one of the most loved things about our region is the natural environment, and it’s something that our community is very passionate about protecting,” Ms Davies said.

“Many of our community are reducing their use of single-use plastics at home, so it’s great to be able to provide an opportunity for people to keep up this great work when out and about enjoying event experiences in our region.

“Council supports events that inject around $100 million per year into our local economy, which is great for business and our local community. At the same time, we want to make sure that the impact of these events on our environment is minimal,” Ms Davies said.

Co-founder of the Blues and BBQ Festival Simon Luke said that it’s extremely encouraging to see local event stakeholders improving sustainability outcomes.

"We have had very positive feedback from all involved who were requested to eradicate single-use plastic items on-site, including plastic water bottles and straws,” Mr Luke said.

“We will have free spring and tap water re-fill stations at this weekend’s event, and encourage customers to bring re-usable water bottles with them.

“Trialling will commence this weekend for re-usable cups for a range of beverages, and with the help of 6 Strings Brewery, the festival will be attempting to recycle 100% of its aluminium cans as well.

“The Port Macquarie Blues and BBQ Festival can also confirm that for 2019, it will be the first Australian BBQ festival to commit to a ‘styrofoam free’ strategy for all competition hand-ins,” said Mr Luke.

For more information on the Blues and BBQ Festival, and to plan a BBQ filled weekend visit

To learn more about Council’s waste management initiatives visit

** Image attached; BBQ and Blues Fest co-founders, Jay Beaumont and Simon Luke.