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Tramlines is a three day party for thousands of attendees each year however it is our responsibility as a festival to ensure we are working to maximise the ways in which our event makes a positive impact, whilst reducing the negative impacts on Hillsborough Park, the environment and the community.

In 2022 we took the Vision: 2025 pledge and joined the community of events who are working together to create more sustainable events and work towards the goal of cutting environmental impacts by 50% by 2025. Read more about Vision 2025 here.

We also work with Ecolibrium to reduce the environmental impacts of travel, the largest source of emissions from live events.

Here are some of the things we do and ways you can help ensure Tramlines is a sustainable and responsible festival.

Travel

Climate Change continues to be the biggest threat to our planet. At Tramlines HQ we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and lowering our carbon footprint. 

We encourage you to walk, cycle or use public transport to get to Hillsborough Park. 

For those outside the city, Sheffield is easily accessible from across the country by train. It has regular trains running around the region and considerably further afield. 

From here you have a multitude of options… Walking, Cycle, Taxi as well as Buses and Trams that bring you within a short distance of the festival site. All info can be found on the Getting Here section of our Website. We know that some of you will need to drive to Tramlines but if you can share a lift with another festival-goer or better yet, get a car full of you, we can reduce our carbon footprint.

Water

Please bring your own refillable bottle to Tramlines as drinking water is provided throughout the festival site, there is no need to bring large amounts of bottled water with you.

Single Use Plastic

We have signed the AIF Drastic on Plastic are working hard to eliminate all non essential single use plastic at Tramlines 2024. 

All plastic straws are banned across all bars and traders. All food traders packaging and cutlery will be certified compostable, including paper and cardboard cups, wooden cutlery and stirrers, and paper straws. 

All cups used for your bevs in 2024 will be recyclable, biodegradable, compostable and re-pulpable and most bars will be selling canned drinks. All trader’s drinks will also be served in cans. 

We are all aware of the damage micro-plastics have on the environment and the oceans. There will be no glitter or bio-glitter available at the festival this year, we are also asking all festival goers not to bring any.

Waste Strategy

Please use our bins and don’t drop litter on the floor, Tramlines is situated on a public park and we aim to protect the natural habitats, ponds and hedges that line the event site. Tramlines is zero waste to landfill with a dedicated team of litter pickers who work throughout the festival and afterwards to leave the park as we found it. All waste is either sorted for recycling or energy production. 

Cigarette butts and filters do not biodegrade and their fibers can take 10-15 years to break down. Each one has to be picked up and we’re yet to find anyone who enjoys this job, please use the bins available or bring a portable cigarette pouch.

Behind the Scenes

The Tramlines team have set out plans to ensure we are working hard behind the scenes to do our bit:

  • New for 2024, we’ve engaged with Ecolibrium to balance audience travel. If you wish to donate to this great cause, please do so on our ticket page.
  • Use of existing working spaces with mains power and water where possible.
  • No single-use plastics and fully biodegradable serveware for crew catering.
  • We serve Vegan and Vegetarian meals at crew catering too
  • Ride-share policy from crew accommodation.
  • In 2023, we changed to HVO fuel for our generators at Tramlines. HVO stands for hydro-treated vegetable oil, sometimes known as Renewable Diesel. It is a fossil-free alternative to mineral diesel, resulting in up to 90% reduction in Greenhouse Gas emissions.
  • Use of low consumption/hybrid generators where back of house power is required, from the start of the festival build to the day we leave the Hillsborough Park.
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