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Maitreya 2011

Another year, another home for Maitreya. This time they’ve settled at the Carisbrook Harness Racing Track, which although is slightly more urban than their previous sites, it is handily serviced by 3 different waste companies. This means that bargains can be struck when working with tight budgetary constraints. Infrastructure requirements were based on waste and recycling quantities that was received in 2010 and 2009 but a big surprise came on the Sunday of the event when Green Chief had already filled it’s skips

with recycling. In fact we collected 250% of previous years in terms of recycling and re-useable stuff. The food waste was bound for the piggy-wiggies on a local farm and the paper and cardboard to a local mulching plant. Although recycling collection increased, so did landfill by roughly the same amount, with 8 sofa’s and 5 mattresses being the most we’ve ever collected at Maitreya. As punter numbers didn’t increase with a corresponding amount (although they did increase) this has led us to believe one thing….Maitreya festival goers are messier than ever.

In other news, The Varishard were joined by long-term supporters Lenka and Pavel who rinsed out the ‘Leave No waste’ message with a rather filthy Trash Flasher character. Anyone who came across the Trash Flasher would have been sickened into tidying up their campsite-quite horrible and hilarious in equal measures by all accounts. It did the job though and a vast amount of campsites left no trace as they left-some even separating their recycling into the fee-free recycling bags provided on the gate. Special mention also has to be made to the Marybrough Footie Club who provided crew every morning for the arena clean and every evening for the Loot Ute. Maitreya 2011 was one of those that worked because everyone pulled together and took ownership of the event, resulting in a very special feel-good vibe espoused on Main Stage by a passionate  Green Chief representative. Love it.

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