Galway company Walsh Waste are taking a sustainable approach to waste at the world-famous Galway International Arts Festival.
This year, The Big Top recyclable cups, tonnes of cardboard and paper will be recycled with Oranmore headquartered recycling company Walsh Waste, ahead of the 42nd Galway International Arts Festival and the return of The People Build to Eyre Square. Walsh Waste have been supplying the festival since the beginning with a single bin in 1978, this increased with the growth of the festival when they added portable toilets service and waste bins with the arrival of the Big Top to Fisheries Field. That was the beginning of their festival services which has grown over the years along with the Galway Arts Festival.
Walsh Waste has also supported the popular People Build since 2017 by supplying thousands of cardboard boxes to recreate iconic Galway landscapes. The build sees everyone coming together to build an amazing structure in the square. Last year they supplied about 4 tonnes of cardboard across two builds, and 100% of this cardboard was recycled. They are back this year to look at how the festival recovers or recycles the waste generated at scheduled events and concerts. For the first time, this year’s Big Top, along with Heineken will be using a fully recyclable cup.
“We are a long-time festival recycling partner and are committed to ensuring all waste is recovered or recycled. Walsh Waste moved away from using landfill as an outlet for mixed general waste / residual waste in 2011,” explained Managing Director of Walsh Waste, Gerard Walsh.
This year Walsh Waste supported the People Build once more after it won the hearts of festival audiences in 2016 & 2017. French artist, Olivier Grossetête returned to the Galway International Arts Festival to create another spectacular architectural event. Encouraging a sense of community whereby the public can get involved, The People Build saw hundreds of volunteers creating a large-scale and highly ambitious structure solely from cardboard. The structure, a replica of the Galway Cathedral was assembled on Saturday, July 20 and as per last year, they were demolished the day after on Sunday, July 21.
“The thousands of cardboard boxes following the demolitions, everyone will be delighted to hear that 100% of the cardboard is recycled. It is our vision to continue providing our customers with the most sustainable recycling options, and in doing so change the way they think about their own recycling practices. We will achieve this through utilising only the most environmentally sound sources of disposal in the market. We are committed to achieving business success while leaving a positive imprint on society,” said Gerard.