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Our historic commitiment to the environment

Taking care of our surroundings has been one of our concerns since the beginning of the festival. Recycling waste, reducing material consumption, using renewable energy sources and promoting good practices has allowed us to become one of the greenest festivals in Europe.

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Plastic Free

Thanks to our efforts to reduce the number of plastic bottles in each edition, finally we have managed to eliminate them completely from the venue, avoiding the dumping of thousands of them in the waste. We have also eliminated the use of disposable plastic glasses has been eliminated completely in all the bars, where they have been substituted by reusable glasses than can be obtained by leaving a deposit. In recent years we have extended the use of bio-compostable plates and cutlery, made out of biodegradable materials such as sugar cane, corn starch or wood, to all of the catering services at the festival. The recycling of the plates and cutlery together with the organic waste allow them to be reused to make compost.

No more butts

A cigarette butt takes between one and ten years to decompose. To avoid this and to help festival goers collaborate in keeping the festival clean the Rototom will install 40 containers in the festival venue and the campsite.

Tree planting

We have also extended the vegetation coverage in the venue by planting more than 300 trees in the campsite areas, so as to provide more shade and help reduce CO2 emissions to increase the shade in the campsite.

Microfiltered water points

In order to reduce (and subsequently eliminate) the plastic bottles of the festival we have promoted, in collaboration with Ecozona Iberian, the installation of 50 water points, in which you can fill bottles and reusable glasses with cold water (with or without gas) filtered through osmosis.

Lightning

Since 2014 all the stages at the festival are illuminated with LED technology, which allows us to reduce their electricity consumption by more than a third. We have also gradually introduced this technology in the rest of the festival spaces, which has allowed us to reduce the daily energy consumption of the festival by more than 80%. The festival’s merchandise stores work with solar panels, with which they supply themselves with electricity. The backstage and hospitality area have umbrellas equipped with solar panels that allow mobile phones and tablets to be recharged, as well as providing illumination at night.

Separated waste disposal

We are continuously increasing the number of waste disposal containers to allow for the separation of waste and paper in the venue as well as in the restaurants and the campsite. Over 500 containers of different for waste separation at origin throughout the venue to ensure that every area is covered.

Sustainable mobility

Sustainable mobility is one of our principles. We therefore promote the use of public or collective transport for getting to the festival venue. Apart from establishing a bus route that connects the venue with the beaches of Benicassim each day, we have special airport transfers services set up and we ask our audience to share vehicles to get here. Each year we offer a bicycle rental facility so that you can get around in a comfortable and environmentally friendly manner.

Beach cleaning

Solé Rototom Beach, the festival’s official beach bar, together with the NGO Exodus promotes different collective actions to clean the coast of plastics, cigarette butts and trash and to raise awareness about the need to care for the environment.

Water recycling system

In 2013 we bet on the reuse of water with the installation of two tanks to reuse, after filtering, the water from the shower drain to fill the cisterns of the toilets. In 2019 we expanded this water recycling system to the camping sinks.

Reduced use of paper

Over the last few years we have gradually reduced the use of paper and other materials in our communications. The edition of publicity material in collaboration with companies that organize concerts and events has meant that we can reduce the number of flyers printed for publicity exponentially. We use recycled paper for both photocopies and printing.

Barter points

We introduce different barter points in the campsite so that festival goers can exchange, give away or lend things or food and avoid that what we no longer need ends up in the trash.

Social responsability

We promote corporate social responsibility actions and We dedicate part of our benefits to social projects and collaborations with NGOs from different parts of the planet. In addition, thanks to the support of our public and dozens of volunteers, through the campaign to collect reusable cups promoted by the Cultural Association Exodus, in 2017 we raised €12,000 for the  Association of Multiple Sclerosis of Castellón and in 2018 €13,000 was raised, to support the work of Proactive Open Arms.

Local products

We promote the commercialization, purchasing and consumption of local products in all areas and sectors of the festival, everything from food to logistics. For one the campsite area provides guests with a wide range of 0 Km products each year. We also opt for the acquisition of local products in areas such as logistics. When it comes to buying construction materials, lighting, wiring and furniture, among other things, we try to as much as possible to use local suppliers, and thereby reinvest in the local businesses of the Community of Valencia.

Furthermore, in the Rotobar’s we emphasize the sale of drinks and food from ethical brands.

A Greener Festival Award

Our commitment to the environment, which we reinforce each year, has allowed us to be recognized oin 2009 and 2010, by the Greener Festival Award as one of the European festivals that respects and cares most for the environment.

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Castellón Food Bank

Do you know how much food is thrown away in a year? In Spain alone, Spanish households dump 1.5 million tons of food valid for consumption every year. A waste that cannot be accepted. Therefore, this year we have started a collaboration with the Castellón Food Bank. How? Inviting restaurants and the public on the last day of the festival to donate the surplus food and then redistribute it free of charge, through the charities associated with the Bank, to the people without resources throughout the province.

Ethical and organic merchandise

Rototom Store, with a special nod to the planet, reinforces its commitment to ethical and organic cotton garments produced under a carbon footprint reduction program and the use of water inks. In addition, unisex textile items gain weight, to unify closets and sexes, and that allow people to share everything.

25 years commited to the planet
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2019

#PlasticFree

Eliminate plastic bottles? Yes we can. Thanks to our policy of reducing plastic bottles in each edition, this year we managed to eliminate them completely from the venue, preventing thousands and thousands of bottles from ending up in the trash.

Water recycling, an ever more important problem

We have extended to the sinks the gray water recycling system that we implemented in 2013 in the showers of the campsite.

The campsite reduces water consumption

Water consumption has been reduced by 30% with the installation of timers and flow reducers in the taps and showers in the campsite.

Castellón Food Bank

This year we begin a collaboration with the Castellón Food Bank. On the last day of the festival we will invite restaurants and the public to donate the food that they have left, and then redistribute them for free, through the charities associated with the Bank, to the people without resources of the whole province.

70 olive trees planted

To counteract CO2 footprint and give more shade we have planted 70 olive trees, in the campsite.

Barter points

We create different points in the campsite to exchange, give away or lend things or food to avoid that what we no longer need ends up in the trash.

No more butts

A cigarette butt takes between one and ten years to decompose. To avoid this and to help festival goers collaborate in keeping the festival clean the Rototom will install 40 containers in the festival venue and the campsite.

Beach cleaning

Solé Rototom Beach, the festival’s official beach bar, together with the NGO Exodus promotes different collective actions to clean the coast of plastics, cigarette butts and trash and to raise awareness about the need to care for the environment.
2018

40% more selective waste collection points in the festival

We have expanded the number of containers for selective waste collection by 200. They are small, to reduce the visual impact and reach every corner. This has made it possible to strengthen selective collection thanks to public awareness and involvement.

Plastic free bars and restaurants

We eliminate plastic bottles of soft drinks in all the restaurants of the festival and replace them with reusable barrels.

Less bottles, more sustainability

We continue to reduce the use of plastic bottles, implementing water points to refill reusable glasses and  bottles. We double the supply points at the campsite and open new dispensers in 20 restaurants in the venue, where there are also three fixed booths.

We raised €13,000 with our solidarity cup collection

Thanks to the campaign for the collection of reusable cups, we raised €13,000 for Open Arms.

Bus routes 24 hours a day

We extend the bus routes at night and early in the morning, so that visitors to the festival can move comfortably between the festival and Benicasim and its beaches 24 hours a day.
2017

100% biodegradable cornstarch straws

The festival consumes approximately 380,000 straws in each edition. Replacing them with biodegradable materials, we avoid dumping 300 kg of plastic onto the planet every year.

Our reusable solidarity cups

Thanks to the support of our public and dozens of volunteers, through the campaign to collect reusable cups we raise 12,000 euros in favor of the Castellón Multiple Sclerosis Association.

Water points to reduce plastic

We started our policy to reduce the use of plastic bottles at the festival. To achieve this, we promote water points to reusable refill glasses and  bottles with cold water (available with or without gas) filtered through osmosis.

We plant 80 trees

We planted 80 mulberry trees, with which we will reduce the CO2 footprint of the festival and provide shade to our visitors.

Ethical and organic merchandise

Rototom Sunsplash reinforces its commitment to ethical and organic cotton garments produced under a carbon footprint reduction program and the use of water inks.
2011-2016

150 more mulberry trees for the campsite

In 2016, to reduce the CO2 footprint of the festival and shade our visitors, we planted 150 mulberry trees without fruit, a type of tree especially recommended by experts for this area.

LED technology to iluminate the extra-musical areas

In 2015 we introduced the use of LED technology in the lighting of different areas of the festival, which allows us to reduce the electrical consumption of these areas by more than 84%.

Reusable glasses

In 2015 we replaced the biodegradable single-use plastic  glasses with reusable ones, with the aim of respecting our environment more.

LED technology on the stages

In 2014 we introduced the use of LED technology in the lighting of the festival’s stages, which allows us to reduce the electrical consumption of the festival’s musical areas by more than a third.

Photovoltaic panels for Rototom Store

Since 2013, the festival’s Merchandise stores are powered by photovoltaic panels, so that they generate all the energy they consume without the need to resort to the electricity grid. The panels produce about 6kw/h, enough to power these stands.

Recycling graywater

In 2013 we implemented a graywater reuse system that allows shower water to have a second use in the toilets. The water in the showers is conducted to tanks with a capacity of 2,000 liters each, from where it subsequently is filtered to the cisterns of the toilets through a pumping system.

Bicycle rental

Since 2011 we have made available to festival goers a bicycle rental service at the festival, so that they can travel during their stay in a comfortable and environmentally friendly way.

Sustainable mobility

From our arrival in Benicasim we promote the use of public or collective transport to reach the concert venue, enabling a bus line that connects with the beaches of Benicàssim and special transfers to the airport. We started campaigns to encourage our audience to share a vehicle to come to the festival.
1994-2010

A Greener Festival Award

In 2009 and 2010 we received the award A Greener Festival Award, which identifies us as one of the most attentive and environmentally friendly European festivals.

Compostabel tableware

In 2007 we eliminated all single use plastic cups and cutlery and replaced them with compostable products (cornstarch, paper, cardboard, wood,…).

Separated waste disposal

Since 201 we have collected and separated the festival’s waste

Local products

From the very first edition, we promote the commercialization, acquisition and consumption of local products in all areas and sectors of the festival, from food to logistics.
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