Andover Carnival is aiming to be single use plastic free by 2021.

The issue of single use plastic waste was recently highlighted by Iris Andersen to the park organiser Tony Burley and it was that initial conversation that has led to the ban scheduled to be introduced fully at the 2021 event.

Following on from the successes of other festivals and events the Andover Carnival Organisation has decided that they must follow suit.

Whilst it too late to implement the ban on the sale of single use plastics for this year’s event being held In Vigo Recreation Ground on the 21st July, the committee will be working hard to fully implement the ban for the 2021 event.

Andover Carnival’s family fun day held in Vigo recreation ground in July every year is possibly the single largest free to enter event in the local annual calendar, which supports 2 local charities; whilst the event is free to enter, visitors are encouraged to donate generously in the charity buckets at the gates, with all the proceeds going to the chosen charities, who this year are, I can Therapy Centre and Andover Young Carers.

The event attracts in excess of 8000 visitors over the course of the day; whilst nowhere as big as festivals such as Glastonbury, nevertheless we must all play our part in reducing our reliance on single use plastics, and actively encourage alternatives.

This annual event is organised by a group of 12 volunteers who dedicate many hours of their time for free.

Tony Burley who has organised the Family fun day in the park for the last 8 years said “I amended the park application form some years ago and reminded our vendors to recycle everything where possible and consider the use of corn starch cups”. It is now time to take further steps to help our environment so we will be banning the sale of drinks in plastic bottles and the use of plastic cups, straws, cutlery and food containers from 2021.

We would also hope the visitors that attend will follow the lead shown by other events and bring drinks and food in reusable containers as opposed to single use plastic containers..  There has for some time been a ban on bringing glass bottles etc. into the park – this could be extended to single use plastic bottles in the future.

We hope that in 2020 we will see a significant reduction in the use of single use plastics; given the challenges in implementing our decision we will need at least a year to work with our vendors in order to achieve our goal for 2021.