Environmental Sustainability

Our Commitment

Adelaide Fringe recognises that running a uniquely wide-spread festival has a direct impact on the environment. We are committed to a range of environmentally responsible practices with respect to the delivery of our large-scale free public events, organisational operations, and in our advice and guidance to registered events and venues.

We continue to grow our festival in a sustainable capacity and work closely with partners, contractors and stakeholders regarding the staging of events and business operations.

Our commitment to sustainability includes minimising the environmental impact of large-scale, promotional collateral, office operation and vehicle usage.

In coordination with our commitment, we aim to encourage all Adelaide Fringe venues, artists and audience attendees to engage with and commit themselves to our environmental sustainability goals.

What We Do

Venues agreement

As an open access festival, Adelaide Fringe does not manage any venues outside of the Fringe Club. To promote sustainability, we have a venues agreement and Code of Conduct which all registered Fringe venues sign. As such, the artists agree to 'Aim to achieve the highest level of sustainable practices within [their] venue to help reduce the environmental impact of Adelaide Fringe events.' Adelaide City Council funded venues also adhere to the Adelaide City Council sustainability policy.

Waste management

A waste minimisation strategy has been put in place to reduce the amount of waste produced by events, including duo-lid bins for recyclable and non-recyclable items at all Fringe-managed events and venues. Water tanks are installed for drinking water to reduce wastage by encouraging the refilling of containers. 

Recycled/biodegradable materials

All glass and drink containers with a redeemable deposit are collected/sorted separately for recycling following Fringe-produced events by the Scouts Association. Additionally, all cardboard waste is collected and recycled; recycled and up-cycled furnishings are used to decorate the Fringe Club; and disposable cutlery made from cornstarch and food containers used at Fringe-produced events are biodegradable and compostable. Finally, at the Fringe Office and Box Office, we recycle all possible materials, such as paper, cardboard, printer cartridges, plastics, glass, metal etc. 

Designated poster pillars

Dedicated artist poster pillars via water tanks and an expanse of fencing are erected throughout the city as dedicated promotional spaces in order to reduce promotional litter and vandalism. Additionally, Adelaide Fringe is dedicated to transitioning to LED digital operations to reduce physical waste.

Fringe produced events

Where possible, all costume and sets for Fringe-produced events are reused from previous years, or made from recycled or sustainable materials. 

E-Ticketing

Our use of e-ticketing reduces the number of tickets printed during the Fringe season. 

Events and Venues

We all have a responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint. Here at Adelaide Fringe, we have communicated with every venue and event to ensure they play their part. Some of the guidelines we communicate to the venues are:

  • Promoting local produce.
  • Natural regeneration of site and Fringe gardens. 
  • Responsible use of balloons.
  • Recycling all promotional material.
  • Turning electronics OFF when not in use. 

What You Can Do

Reduce single-use plastic

As an open access festival, Adelaide Fringe does not manage the operation of venues outside of the Fringe Club. While our Venue Agreement outlines that all venues have a responsibility towards sustainable practices, we further urge all Fringe-goers to encourage venues by adopting the following behaviours:

  • Utilise reusable drinking bottles and coffee cups.
  • Say no to the supply of plastic straws.
  • Avoid excessive food packaging.
  • Say no to disposable cutlery.
  • Use tote bags instead of plastic bags.
Fringe flyers

Flyers are a popular element involved in the Adelaide Fringe and are a great physical tool to help you plan your adventures across the venues of Adelaide. We ask you to be aware of wastage when accepting flyers and to please dispose of all paper flyers in a recyclable ‘Paper or Cardboard’ bin.

In 2019, we also introduced #fringeflyerday where artists are encouraged to photograph and hashtag their flyers instead of reaching for physical counterparts.

Ride a bike, walk or take public transport

We all have a responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint and, here at Adelaide Fringe, we are pro-bike. It’s cheaper, healthier and—most of all—environmentally friendly. Don't have a bike? Adelaide CBD is one of the most easily traversable cities in Australia and the world, and venue hopping is a great way to get up those steps.

If you're looking for a faster way to zip between venues, public transport is another great way to cut down on emissions. Adelaide Metro's tram network, buses and trains will get you where you need to go.   

Show us how you contribute to a #sustainablefringe

Show us how you contribute to a sustainable Adelaide Fringe! Use the hashtag #sustainablefringe on social media to nab bragging rights for your sustainable habits like the use of keep cups, tote bags, refillable water bottles, and e-ticketing.