Biji-biji, sustainable event planner at Rainforest World Music Festival

Sustainable Event Management at

Rainforest World Music Festival 2017

Sustainable event management is still new or almost unheard of in Malaysia. Events gather a huge amount of people together for short periods of time. During the short period of time, the event venue has to create a supporting environment for all festival goers (supplying food and water, sanitation facilities, safety, programming, etc). Due to their scale and temporary nature, events create large economic, social and environmental impacts, effecting the local economy, society and environment both positively and negatively. The aim of sustainable event management is to reduce negative impacts and promote positive impacts.

We, at Biji-biji Initiative have been incorporating elements of sustainable event planning in our programs, and have been testing out different strategies, partnerships, technologies and products. RWMF 2017 once again proved to be a positive milestone in that path, Biji-biji initiative was engaged to implement recycling and food waste management initiatives on festival grounds. Students from tertiary educational institutions and our partners from WormingUp helped us to implement these iniatives.


Our Strategies

Strategic Placement of Recycling & Compost Bins

On-site Recyclables Segregation & Collection

Food Waste Collection & Processing

Biodegradable Tableware Collection & Processing

Strategic Placement of Recycling & Compost Bins
On-site Recyclables Segregation & Collection
Food Waste Collection & Processing
Biodegradable Tableware Collection & Processing

Directive Signages & Banners

Local Collaborations

Early Engagement with Food Vendors

Cooking Oil Collection & Processing

Cooking Oil Collection & Processing
Directive Signages & Banners
Local Collaborations
Early Engagement with Food Vendors

Interactive talk "Bicara":

“Bicara by Biji-biji” a 1-hour interactive discourse on role of art, culture and music in environmental conservation. The aim was to share ideas, inspire each other, learn about challenges, celebrate successful efforts, and to find best practices. The session saw a participation of 25 festival goers, everyone shared good stories on music, musical instruments, languages, culture and the reasoning behind local customs and traditions of their place of origin.

Upcycled Merchandize:

Banners are critical for creation of an event vibe and spreading of information. These banners often end up in the landfills after any event. We collected banners from RWMF 2016, and created goodie bags for RWMF 2017 from those banners.

Art installation

An impromptu art installation was also made from recyclables collected on Day 1. The installation received a lot of positive responses as it sparks curiosity of passer-bys and people stopped by to take pictures, to show support, to provide positive comments and to recycle. This served to create awareness on the amount of waste being generated at RWMF 2017.


Our Impacts

 

The amount of materials collected were recorded daily at the main waste collection station. The recyclables were passed to facilities staff to be sold and to benefit from the cash value received from the sales of recyclables. Collected food waste and biodegradable tableware was given to Worming Up, to be processed into compost and bio-protein.

Plastic bottles
Cardboard boxes

Aluminum Cans

Biodegradable Tableware
Raw & cooked food waste
Waste Cooking Oil

73 Kg in 2016

33 Kg in 2016

1.5 Kg in 2016

NA

330 Kg in 2016

NA

121 Kg in 2017

86 Kg in 2017

56.5 Kg in 2017

42.3 Kg in 2017

284 Kg in 2017

32.1 L in 2017

Raising Awareness

RWMF volunteers gained a deeper understanding on recycling and food waste management, due to their participation in the RWMF 2017 Green Team. While we can measure direct impact through these volunteers, it is also important to note that through these volunteers, we also reached thousands of festival goers that stopped by our waste stations to segregate waste.

The amount of materials collected were recorded daily at the main waste collection station. The recyclables were passed to facilities staff to be sold and to benefit from the cash value received from the sales of recyclables. Collected food waste and biodegradable tableware was given to Worming Up, to be processed into compost and bio-protein.

Plastic

73 Kg in 2016

121 Kg in 2017

Cardboard

33 Kg in 2016

86 Kg in 2017

Cans

1.5 Kg in 2016

56.5 Kg in 2017

Biodegradable Tableware

NA

42.3 Kg in 2017

Raw Food Waste

330 Kg in 2016

284 Kg in 2017

Coocking oil

NA

32.1 L in 2017


Sustainable Event Management at Rainforest World Music Festival 2016

The 19th Rainforest World Music Festival saw the first year implementation of recycling and composting by Biji-biji Initiative. Recycling and composting bins were placed at strategic locations. Eye-catching infographics was displayed around the Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV), displaying fun and educational information on waste. Besides that, we also built 11 directional signages to be placed at junctions and crossroads at Sarawak Cultural Village.

Bins set up to collect food waste and biodegradable tableware.
Infographics on display around Sarawak Cultural Village, carrying information on food waste and recycling.
Bicycle powered fiber optics installation. Festival goers pedals to generate energy which is used to power the fiber optics. An engaging and interactive display of lights in the evenings.

Art Installation at Rainforest World Music Festival 2015

We were commissioned to build light installations using bamboo, a local and renewable material. We collaborated with local youths for sourcing of bamboo from nearby areas.

At the Biji-biji booth, we displayed our upcycled bags collection, made from rejected car seat belts and discarded banners. The aim was to introduce festival goers to Biji-Biji and to the concept of sustainability.


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