Truck is a three and a half day extravaganza for thousands each year however it is our responsibility as a festival to ensure we are working to maximise the ways in which our event makes a positive impact, whilst reducing the negative impacts on Hill Farm, the environment and the community.
Here are some of the things we do and ways you can help ensure Truck is a sustainable and responsible festival
Only bring what you can take home with you! If you are planning to bring your own tent please take it home with you.
Pitch Village offers budget-friendly, pre-pitched tents to help tackle single-use tent purchasing.
A particularly common misconception is that tents left behind at festivals around the UK are packed up and donated to those in need, sadly, this is a myth. Each year, an estimated 250,000 tents are left at music festivals across the UK, of which the majority are taken to landfill. The average tent weighs 3.5kg and is mostly made of plastic – the equivalent of 8,750 straws or 250 pint cups.
But you can help: once again we are teaming up with the AIF and the Take Your Tent Home Campaign encouraging you all to take your tent and belongings home.
Waste and Recycling Points are provided within all campsites, our campsite managers also provide rubbish bags to keep your area clean and tidy. Please respect Hill Farm, we are only here for a weekend and our aim should be to keep our impact to a minimum.
Climate Change continues to be the biggest threat to our planet. At Truck HQ we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and lowering our carbon footprint.
We encourage using Public Transport or Car Share as much as possible. Truck has an abundance of good rail networks close by along with a local bus route that brings you within a short distance of the festival site.
There are also regular shuttle buses to and from Didcot Parkway throughout the festival weekend.
We know that some of you will need to drive to Truck but if you can share a lift with another festival-goer or better yet get a car full of you, we can reduce our carbon footprint.
Please use our bins and don’t drop litter on the floor, Truck Festival is situated on a working farm and we aim to protect the natural habitats, ponds, streams and hedges that line the event site. At Truck, zero waste goes to landfill and we have a dedicated team of litter pickers who work throughout the festival and afterwards to leave the farm as we found it.
Cigarette butts and filters do not biodegrade and their fibres can take 10-15 years to break down. Each one has to be picked up and we’re yet to find anyone who enjoys this job, please use the bins available or bring a portable cigarette pouch.
We’ve partnered with the 8th Plate Initiative alongside The Nationwide Caterers Association to salvage food waste from Traders and Caterers, transforming it into meals for vulnerable members of society. In 2018 alone, 8th plate worked with 80 traders over 15 festivals and managed to save 12 tonnes of surplus food from ending up in the bin – creating the equivalent of over 28,000 meals and saving 48 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Please bring your own refillable bottle to Truck as water points are provided throughout the festival, so there is no need to bring large amounts of bottled water with you.
We recognise that as a festival we need to reduce our demand on water sources, our aim is to leave no lasting impact on Hill Farm and support water conservation where possible. All shower times should be no longer than 4 minutes and we ask that you ensure taps are turned off when not in use to avoid water wastage as much as possible.
We signed the AIF Drastic on Plastic pledge in 2018 to eliminate all non-essential single-use plastic by 2021, which we have achieved.
All plastic straws are banned across all bars and traders. All food traders packaging and cutlery will be certified compostable, including paper and cardboard cups, wooden cutlery and stirrers and paper straws
We are now all aware of the damage microplastics have on the environment and the oceans. There will be no glitter or bio-glitter available at the festival this year. We are also asking all festival-goers not to bring any.