Assembly Festival continually strives to be a greener festival organiser and has implemented various ways across our festival venues to help achieve this. 


Assembly Festival are proud to be year-round members of the Green Arts Initiative, championing the development of a greener arts sector in Scotland. Find out more about the Initiative and what its member organisations are working on.

From recycling, to sourcing local suppliers, reducing waste and operating with low wattage lighting wherever possible. We are working on developing a way of reporting our activity, impact and policies. You can also find out more about some of our work in this case study.


This year Assembly Festival are engaging with a local initiative, The Bike Library by Sustrans, a charity that’s making it easier for people to walk and cycle. Where possible we are using electric cargo-bikes ridden by trained staff to move goods between our venues during the Fringe.


Assembly Festival endeavours to minimise waste and recycle as much as possible. All our venues are provided with paper, cardboard, glass, mixed recycling, food and general waste bins in both back of house areas as well as with general waste and recycling bins available for the public’s use.  

All plasticware used in our bars is fully recyclable. We have also removed all plastic straws from our bars as part of the #TheLastStraw campaign. 

Where possible, food and drink outlets will strive to operate as green as possible through food recycling, compostable cutlery and packaging, and minimising food wastage. 

We are working with to recycle all the waste wood that we generate. They are a community wood recycling project based in Edinburgh, who collect waste wood from building sites and other sources, sorting this timber, selling it on to builders and the general public and also making furniture. 


Assembly Festival strives to operate on a paperless system of working through the implementation of online databases, timesheets and file sharing.   


All Assembly Festival venues can be quickly and easily accessed via public transport links across the city with information and links to transport options included in our "Local Information" website page 


Where possible, we encourage the public, staff and visiting companies to make use of Edinburgh's signed and well-maintained walking and cycle paths to get to and from our venues.