March 13 2018

DGTL is taking the next step to circularity: Zero food waste

The sustainable festival, DGTL, has been taking strides towards their mission to become the world’s first zero-waste circular festival by 2020. From previous sustainable implementations such as meat-free catering, to banning single use plastic cups and even urine recycling, to launching this year’s circular foodcourt. Where any residual bio-organic waste, as well as biodegradable disposables will be converted into compost within 24 hours. Which will then in turn be distributed among participating urban farmers.

At DGTL, over 10.000 meat-free meals are consumed each day, creating a substantial organic waste stream and tens of thousands of used disposables. This year however, all of the festival’s food waste (including the biodegradable disposable plates) will be converted to compost using an advanced composting machine. In doing so, the festival organisation is fighting back plastic-addiction and provides proof that even large-scale food consumption can become completely sustainable.

New circular food systems are a much-needed system change. Roughly one third of worldwide food production is wasted, with a mere 3% of all food waste being converted into compost. The residual waste is either incinerated or ends up in land-fills. DGTL puts a stop to this unnecessary waste at their first event of the year, in their hometown of Amsterdam. All of the compost created during Easter weekend will be brought to the affiliated urban farmers. These farmers made arrangements with selected food caterers at a special “speed-dating” event to supply the caters with the organic produce they need for their menus in 2019.

With these new plans, DGTL aims to introduce a planned food production system reducing overproduction of food and even further reducing food waste in the years to come. When successful, DGTL might just set a precedent for worldwide implementation of zero-waste food courts at festivals.

With less than 4 weeks to go DGTL is ready for their annual weekender. For the full timetable see here.