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A Sustainable Celebration


As a city that prides itself on leading the way in environmental change, the City of Adelaide is focussed on running more sustainable events. Join us as we reduce single-use plastics and better manage our waste streams to look after our environment. Our goal is to enjoy more sustainable events now and into the future!

The last straw!

At this year’s event, we will be reducing single-use plastic waste. It’s the first time our New Year’s Eve event will be tackling straws. 

If you do happen to require a straw, no judgement - there will be a limited supply of appropriate straws available from vendors upon request. Any straws offered by vendors will be compostable via the green bins or other eco-friendly alternatives. 

We encourage you to pledge your support by sharing a picture of your ‘straw-free’ drinks on Instagram using #StrawFreeADL.

As part of our journey to reduce single use plastic at events, we have also committed to a balloon-free event.

If you bought it – green bin it

If you’ve been to WOMADelaide or the Vegan Festival over recent years you may already be familiar with the idea of putting all your food and packaging in the organics collection bin. As with those events, all food packaging from our food vendors at this year’s New Year’s Eve event will be compostable and can be deposited in the green organics bins onsite. This ensures the materials can be processed into valuable nutrient rich compost to grow more quality, South Australian produce.

For revellers bringing their own food from home, we encourage you to bring reusable containers. For all disposable packaging brought to the event there will be a three-bin waste system – one for compostable waste, one for recyclable items and the other for landfill.

Volunteers will be on hand to help guide anyone who is unsure of which bin to use. 

food in compostable packaging with a green felt bunny in the middle
Image credit: @Sugacoatit_ via Facebook at the Vegan Festival 2018

BYO reusable water bottles

Water stations will be set up around the event offering free drinking water for you to fill up your reusable water bottles. This will save you the hassle of having to line-up and pay for water and ensures you stay hydrated to enjoy the event. Even better, think of all the single-use plastic bottles not being used!

Take a free-ride

There are plenty of ways to make your way into the city for the event, but some of the most environmentally friendly and convenient options to get you close to the action are to ride your bike or catch public transport.

Bike riders can park their bikes in special bike-rack stations located throughout the event grounds. View the bike-rack locations here.

Adelaide Metro will be offering free public transport in and out of the city all day New Year's Eve until approximately 6 am the following morning

Driving in?

If you own an electric vehicle and are considering driving in, conveniently located UPark Wyatt, UPark Topham and UPark Rundle all house electric vehicle charging stations. The first hour of charging is free!

Another option if you need to drive in is to car pool. Find out if any of your friends are heading into the city and share the festive fun by travelling in together.

A message from our artists.

Upcycled Artwork

What is waste? Jane Skeer, a local artist, has utilised materials that are commonly discarded to showcase how they can be reformed into beautiful pieces that add colour, texture and life, encouraging contemplation. These pieces will be displayed in Elder Park at this event for a thought provoking start to the New Year. For artwork locations please see our event map.

upcycled artwork - suspended pieces using discarded fishing ropes
Image: Artworks by Jane Steer

For all the updates, follow our Facebook event and #ADLNYE2018 

If you're intersted in finding out more about running sustainable events, visit our Sustainable Event Guidelines page.

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