Osheaga festival bans plastic straws and encourages reusable water bottles

There won’t be any single-use plastic straws at Osheaga, evenko announced Monday.

The promoter said it’s part of a plan to be more eco-conscious.

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“Protecting the environment was a priority for us when we were planning Osheaga,” said Jacques Aubé, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of evenko.

“We are proud to achieve and even surpass our eco-friendly management goals and we will continue our efforts in this direction. ”

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There will also be a truck to provide free drinking water to festival goers in an effort to reduce single-use plastic bottles.

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In addition to this, the festival says it is:

  • Requiring food kiosks to use recyclable containers, cups and utensils, while prohibiting Styrofoam
  • Installing a waste management sorting centre to encourage recycling and composting
  • Collaborating with the STM to promote public transit; evenko points out 82 per cent of festival goers go to the park via Metro
  • Encouraging eco-friendly modes of transport by providing bike racks.

Evenko announced it also won’t be allowing plastic straws at ’77 Montréal, Heavy Montreal, île Soniq and the YUL Eat Festival.

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“Being eco-responsible means taking concrete action, year after year, to minimize the ecological footprint of our events,” evenko wrote in a statement.

“It’s not a choice, it’s a commitment.”

The 13th edition of the Osheaga music and arts festival takes place Aug. 3-5 at Parc Jean-Drapeau.

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