Green Policy



The ACP believes circus events are part of the historic traditions of the open spaces in which we operate, and celebrate our Intangible Cultural Heritage established through over 250 years of circus history.

All ACP circus events aim to be staged with due regard to the aim of Sustainable Development, in that the members shall seek to preserve scarce natural resources and protect the environment.

As a Circus that performs at multiple sites, we believe that global issues around climate change can and must still be made a priority, differences in the way we operate, create big change We believe we have a responsibility to promote our commitments, educate ourselves and encourage others; as they see the work, we do to continually improve our sustainability, reduce our carbon footprint and minimise our environmental impact.


To reduce our Greenhouse Gas emissions, we aim to use sites where we have the possibility of connecting into the national grid for our power as opposed to generators. This would be more cost effective and environmentally sustainable.

If a site with sufficient national grid power is not available then ACP circuses in consultation with suppliers will work towards using “Stage 111A” low emission silent Generators running only from 8am to midnight only or less. Electricity at other times is from rechargeable batteries.

The ACP will consult with tent manufacturers with an aim at seeing how tents can be green such as looking at the options of lighter tents, thus reducing the need for air conditioning for example and looking how the heat that naturay stores itself in the top of the tent can be redistributed to provide heating at ground level.

Using local suppliers and encouraging staff, crew and artists to consider their own environmental impact; and where applicable using other methods of transport or combining transport i.e.: bus, train, car share, electric vehicles, walking, cycling, lorries with a tow hitch etc. We would also encourage audience to do the same.


The ongoing initiatives we aim to adopt to reduce at source:

  1. Reduce communicating with artists, audiences, partners and stakeholders by Letter rather do this by email, where possible.
  2. Reduce the amount of printing we produce for programmes, and use paper from a sustainable source
  3. Crew and performers to use reusable drinking bottles, plates, cups etc. instead of disposable.
  4. To work with councils so that the sites that they hire to ACP members have appropriate facilities including asking council to looking into providing the following at their sites:
  5. Potable water point(s)
  6. Access to mains sewage
  7. Appropriate power supplies to negate the use of generators
  8. Split recycling bins for all crew, performers and audience, as well as having waste collection facilities where the waste does not go to landfill. The ACP recognizes that travelling circus cannot provide green recycling sites for rubbish so we must work in partnership with the local authorities to achieve this.
  9. Look into costumes from sustainable materials, materials that last longer or are made to a higher standard or materials that are recyclable.
  10. Reduce the amount of lighting that is halogen and use more LED lights reducing power used.
  11. Look at the products we use, the companies we use as suppliers and align our environmental policies. To work with companies that strive towards sustainability
  12. It is a recognized that there is a greatly reduced water usage by caravan dwellers. As well as being a business, the Circus is also a living-place. Each caravan at the Circus as it tours may be considered a ‘household’. In comparison with a fixed dwelling, a recent survey1* has shown the far lighter environmental impact of a caravan-dwelling family as against the impact on resources of a similar family living in a house; caravans are compact and easily-heated, and use far less water and electricity.  It is noted that the circus way of life is ALREADY more environmentally friendly than fixed dwelling living.
Reduce Water consumption

1*  Travellers’ Times, Issue 30, Winter 2007: comparison between carbon footprint of a family of 5 in a 3-bedroom house, and a family of 5 in a caravan.  Carbon footprint for house:  99.84 tonnes per week.   Carbon footprint for caravan: 16.6 tonnes per week.


  1. Ensuring that any food traders or bars provide biodegradable plates and cutlery and recyclable paper cups or reusable cups and consider the recycling process. No polystyrene permitted on site.
  2. Reducing the amount of new plastic or single use plastic being used onsite and trying to use plastic from recyclable sources rather than raw materials.
  3. Aim to ensure biodegradable glitter and makeup will be used.
  4. Recycling any costumes no longer used or reusing them in other costumes to extend the lifespan of materials.
  5. Using water from the tap or providing recyclable vessels for audience instead of single use plastic bottles.
  6. Food supplied from sustainable sources.
  7. Using Natural waste combusting toilets or toilets that connect into the mains, we are encouraging Local Authorities to provide mains sewer connections for toilets at approved council circus sites.
  8. Provide sand buckets and smoking areas to ensure any cigarette butts are disposed of appropriately.


  1. The ACP aim to liaise with key stakeholders and councils to look at the viability of adequate power needs being met by national grid electrical hook up instead of generator use, also to provide recycling waste disposal, mains sewer connections and on-site potable water supplies. and the ACP should be consulted should a council wish to go down this route or when parks are grounds are updated and have works done to ensure works meet the needs for the future.
  2. Use suppliers that are/ have sustainable, environmental products and values and create strategies that ensure the cross over is seamless.
  3. We hope to get involved in a green initiative that is designed to support companies, venues and audiences in reducing their carbon footprint. Making councils aware of this and our green policy as part of our bidding process and including it as part of our marketing so that audience members are aware before performances.
  4. we aim to reduce our energy consumption by 5% year on year, to include our Waste, Water and Sewage output. Then increase our Recycling by 5% year on year. As an association we will monitor different practices to find the best way forward by quantifying this data it will allow us and others to follow our progress.
  5. Only ACP members have universally agreed to sign up to this aim.
  6. Survey infrastructure to establish activities that reduce waste. Initial focus on banning single use plastic.  What else could be adapted, avoided, recycled



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