Waste management company appointed for Valley Fest

Bristol-based waste management company Grundon has renewed its ties with a major local festival as planning for this year’s summer events season gets underway.

Valley Fest, which is expecting 12,000 people on site in Chew Magna from August 3rd to 6th, has appointed Grundon to manage its waste streams over the course of the festival weekend.

Grundon will support the food and music festival on a major effort to increase recycling levels.

It will be the second time that Grundon has provided services to Valley Fest after a successful first year in 2022 which saw sell-out crowds requiring additional equipment at short notice.

Daniel Peacey, regional sales manager for Grundon in Bristol, said: “We are pleased to be working with Valley Fest again after our successful first year supporting the event.

“Festivals are high-pressured environments needing experience and flexibility, operations at unconventional hours and sometimes a willingness to go the extra mile.

“The events industry operates on often very tight financial margins, so it’s important to get the solution right with a balance between the opposing risks of spending too much, or too little.

“Our depot in Bristol is perfectly placed to provide a personalised service to the many festivals we enjoy in the South West, as well as the ability to deploy additional resources at short notice.

“So as a local supplier we are happy to work with Valley Fest again and are looking forward to another successful year working with their team.”

Valley Fest was first set up in 2014 and has run every year since, except 2020. It takes place on an organic farm by the side of Chew Valley Lake owned by festival founder Luke Hasell.

Harad Smith, festival manager at Valley Fest, said: “We were more than satisfied with the services Grundon provided us with last year and we are happy to be working with them again to help provide the best solution for our event, our festival goers and our food and drink suppliers.

“Part of our focus regarding sustainability is a drive to source as locally as possible. We all know that the South West prides itself on its food and drink but there are many elements in running a festival, from water and fuel usage, considerations around waste water, as well as the transport and travel distance for suppliers, our audience and our artists.

“So there’s a huge benefit for us in using local suppliers, not only because of the added sustainability but also thanks to the sharing of local knowledge and contacts.”

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