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Waste & Compost

Waste not, want not

Everything can be repurposed. Consider the picture above, which shows how functional, aesthetic structures can be built entirely from used materials.

 There are four different types of waste at Boom (before, during and after the festival happens):

  • Recyclable waste: Plastic, paper, metal, glass
  • Compostable waste: Leftover food from kitchens, biodegradable dishware and cutlery
  • Regular waste: Things that can't be valued and go to landfill
  • Industrial waste: Ever wondered what we do with the inks used to create those beautiful artworks, or with leftover building materials? They go to a certified unit

Waste is a valuable resource for Boom and in 2018, 40 per cent of all waste produced during the festival was recycled.

This included:

  • 47.98 tons of plastic
  • 15.94 tons of paper
  • 14.35 tons of glass
  • 9.82 tons of metal
  • 105.4 tons of organic waste

From the waste collected, we’ve re-used, recycled and made compost for the soil.


Plastic, paper, glass and metal is organised by more than 150 eco-team volunteers who collect, separate and compartmentalise each material. Containers are then processed by the public waste recycling unit, Valnor.

This process means that we avoid using mechanical processes for separating the materials, preventing unnecessary CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

Be sure to help the volunteers by dumping your rubbish into the correct recycling bins so that we can keep the natural cycle of life going.


Boom’s We Make Soil project is a project that aims to collect maximum levels of compostable organic matter. A total of 105.4 tons of organic waste was collected in 2018 from leftover food at kitchens and community areas. The organic waste was sent to a composting unit and brought back to Boomland in order to create soil.


It takes hundreds of years to form just a centimetre of soil, yet humans have become experts at destroying it in minutes. It seems only fair that we put it back the way we found it…

We do this by creating compost from organic waste to nourish the soil and make it fertile.

Organic waste is derived from food scraps. Plates, cups and cutlery made from potatoes can be composted too.

To help the process, please ensure you throw your food scraps into the correct bin.