Project Re-camp Returns for Edinburgh Fringe and Festivals in 2016
We’ve seen at Glastonbury this year the sheer amount of waste left behind and, more importantly, the amount of perfectly good camping and sleeping kit which is left behind and often then gets ruined by being exposed to the elements or broken because no-one cares. Project Re-Camp was thought up to combat the prospect of this by Campingninja back in 2014.
At Edinburgh Festival and Fringe Camping we have a ZERO CAMPING WASTE POLICY. This means that the sleeping bags and pillows which we use for our Pre-pitched Tents are all donated to local homeless and youth adventure charities to be re-used by people who really need them. We also encourage our campers to leave us any other kit they don’t need or don’t wish to take with them so we can donate them to refugee charities.
Rhian Evans, Director and Co-founder of Campingninja said, “In 2015 Project Re-Camp donated lots of Edinburgh kit to a Calais Refugee Charity including tents, sleeping mattresses, sleeping bags, camping stoves, camping chairs etc. We encourage people to take care of their kit and donate it to us; we look after it all until the end of the Fringe and Festivals, make sure it is all in good condition and then arrange collection by the charity. It’s a simple way of making sure there is no unnecessary waste and we are very pleased to be able to ensure that other people, in difficult situations, can benefit.”
In 2014, when Campingninja operated 4 large campsites for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, £10,000 worth of tents, sleeping bags and sleeping mattresses were donated to local Scouts and Guides Groups and homeless charities by Project Re-Camp.
Geoff Vaughan, the other Director and Co-founder of Campingninja commented, “when we were growing up we were fortunate enough to be taken camping and enjoy the great outdoors; these experiences give you confidence, friendship and fun. We wanted as many young people in Glasgow to be able to have the opportunity to do that as well”.
In 2016 Project Re-Camp will be collecting again and look forward to being able to help our chosen charities.