Sustainability

We aim to develop an event that benefits local communities and the local economy, whilst minimising the negative impact on the environment.

What that means in practice:

  • Social impact: Working closely with communities is at the heart of what we do and we continually strive to ensure Manchester Day can have the best possible effects on local communities.
  • Economic impact: Being careful with our resources in order to achieve this is fundamental to all that we do, where we strive to use local suppliers as much as possible and maximise the impact for the local economy.
  • Environmental impact: Whilst we have a number of areas of good practice already, we are currently reviewing all aspects of our environmental performance in order to set targets for continual improvements.

Some of our previous sustainability achievements are:

  • Many of the parade structures and costumes are made from reused and recycled materials, for example from small items like flowers made from cassette tapes and carrier bag flags to the large puppets that are hired in.
  • Many items are stored and adapted for re-use each year, such as the wheel bases for moving structures within the Parade
  • 98% of previous parade floats/structures have been pushed, walked, wheeled or cycled
  • Recycling of water bottle waste from participants at start and finish point of Parade and in the squares
  • Since 2014, each year over 60,000 spectators have generated an estimated £1 million in direct economic spend in the city that wouldn’t have happened if the parade was not taking place
  • Each year, approximately 2,500 individuals from around 100 community, voluntary and business groups have taken part

For Manchester Day 2017 we have identified three key environmental issues and corresponding objectives:

  • Waste – we aim to minimise production of waste across all MD activities and in particular at the WOW workshop during build and derig and at hub areas during the event
  • Transport – we aim to increase use of sustainable transport by public and participants
  • Communications – we aim to improve communication of Manchester Day’s sustainable activities

If you would like to find out more, please see our full Sustainability Policy.

If you have any ideas on how we could improve sustainability at the Manchester Day Parade or any questions about the work we are currently doing, please get in touch