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At Veolia we are always striving to deliver innovative ways to turn waste into a resource for our customers throughout the UK. Click below for some examples of our great work in action.

​Goodwood 'Festival of Speed' 2012

‘Festival of Speed, Goodwood Revival and Glorious Goodwood’. Goodwood House and Estate have been in the same family for over 300 years. Today, the estate spans 11,500 acres and comprises of a hotel, an airfield, golf club and club house and events that include horse racing and motor sport activities. The Festival of Speed is the largest motoring garden party in the world. Veolia has worked with Goodwood on their last two seasons of motorsport.

The Challenge

The Festival of Speed 2012 welcomed over 180,000 visitors, 20 sponsors and more than 400 exhibitors over the four day event. The quantity of waste produced at the event was predicted to double that of the previous year when 276 tonnes of waste was generated, over 50% of which was diverted from landfill.

The aim for 2012 was to minimise waste by maximise recycling opportunities, ensuring that all general waste was managed in the most environmentally responsible way. They also wanted the event to comply with ISO20121, the international standard for sustainable event management.

The Solution

Whilst the Festival of Speed is a four day event, a significant amount of waste was generated during the five week set-up phase and two week break-down at the end of the event. Veolia representatives were on hand daily to support exhibitors with their waste issues and enquiries. A waste pricing policy was also introduced to encourage exhibitors to take responsibility for their waste. Veolia supplied roll-on, roll-off skips and made over 100 collections, working with exhibitors to separate bulky waste streams including cardboard, metal and general waste. 60 tonnes of waste timber was also recovered and recycled into woodchip for biomass through Veolia’s Hampshire facilities.

During the festival itself, the Veolia team was always on hand, working around the clock to ensure that when the venue was closed, the site was cleared and cleaned for the next day. Veolia trucks operated into the night and our facilities remained operational to support the festival. Despite the time pressure, Veolia maintained the highest possible recycling standards, coordinating and distributing 100 240 litre bins for glass recycling at our Portsmouth facility. A food caddie system with biodegradable liners was also provided for hospitality areas to enable waste to be composted at Veolia’s Brighton facility.

The Result

The festival produced 476 tonnes of waste but achieved an impressive diversion from landfill rate of 83.5%. All the waste was effectively segregated and successfully diverted from landfill using recycling and recovery processes within Veolia’s local facilities. Reducing the amount of landfill waste also saved Goodwood several thousand pounds in waste disposal costs.

Some of the recycling highlights included: 

60 tonnes of wood recycled into woodchip for biomass

8.5 tonnes of metal and cables recycled

Six tonnes of glass recycled into new glass bottles


Due to the success of the project, Veolia has secured a three year contract extension and is now the main waste management provider for the entire Goodwood estate.