Salzburg bans plastic bottles

Salzburg bans plastic bottles


norman lebrecht

March 23, 2021

Following a sponsorship deal with the water purifier BWT, the Salzburg Festival is banning disposable plastic bottles from its premises.

BWT (Best Water Technology) will instal 60 water dispensers for artists and staff, and more for audiences.

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  • Alexander says:

    Perrier has a chance to make double sales 😉

  • Music fan says:

    This is excellent news and the sponsorship by a water purifier is irrelevant. Waste from plastic bottles is one of the worst environmental catastrophes of our time.

    • Gustavo says:

      … together with disposable anti-Corona masks which will finally end up floating around marine ecosystems worldwide, strangling marine megafauna before disintegrating into micro-plastic particles.

      But why care if there are water purifiers?

  • Gustavo says:

    Best advice: Stick to Glyndebourne’s green and pleasant picnic

  • Sip it Slowly! says:

    It’s the plastic productions and singers they need to ban.

  • Don Ciccio says:

    Generally, I would welcome such a change. But having people crowding around a water cooler during a pandemic is perhaps not such a good idea.

    One could perhaps say the same thing about crowding around a bar. But from my experience, at a bar, there are those who work and who will remind customers to distance.

    • Gustavo says:

      It’s simply “Symbolpolitik”.

      It has no net effect.

      The Corona-vaccinated audience with their German cars parked right infront of the Festspielhaus probably have a far worse eclogical footprint than these plastic bottles.

  • Pianofortissimo says:

    Plastic bottles should have been banned since a long time ago.

  • Gustavo says:

    They’ve already banned fans.

    • Barry Guerrero says:

      That’s right. Consume the music and go home! Nobody wants the stupid signed programs anyway. Sycophantic behavior towards classical musicians is counter-productive at best. They begin believing their own P.R.

  • CYM says:

    At André Rieu extravagant concerts, they sell EVIAN plastic bottles, spelled backwards ! … NAIVE …

  • SVM says:

    They should keep the water dispensers as *permanent* fixtures… and ensure they remain in service (or ensure that they can get any “out of service” dispensers rectified very promptly, 7 days a week). In addition to the compelling environmental and humanitarian arguments, such dispensers would almost certainly save the venue or local council a lot of money on litter-picking and/or refuse disposal. Some places are starting to take such ideas seriously, but all too slowly and too haphazardly (back in 2019, Network Rail made a big deal about the fact that it had installed water dispensers in the major UK rail terminals under its control… but many times in 2019 and early-2020, I have discovered said dispensers to be out of service, which is a serious problem for the thirsty passenger with a long train journey and multiple empty containers which he/she had counted on being able to fill).