Setting accents on the topics of environmental protection and sustainability

The Salzburg Christmas Market Association has been making great efforts to protect and preserve the environment for many years, on its own initiative and well beyond political regulations.


As the largest market event in the state of Salzburg, we are also pioneers in the area of ​​waste prevention and waste separation. The PE recycling “plastic bags” used until 2018 have been replaced by biodegradable carrier bags! On the recommendation of Gobal 2000 and Greenpeace Austria, we will be setting this up from 2019 biodegradable & compostable reusable bags:
  • bio-based: made from renewable raw materials
  • petroleum-free (no PE with additive)
  • biodegradable & compostable
  • CO2 neutral & reusable
  • produced fairly and socially correctly
  • petroleum-free

Measures in the area of ​​environmental protection and sustainability:

MEASURES IN THE FIELD OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND SUSTAINABILITY • Cup deposit system and organic cups • Since 2021: certified paper carrier bags • Since 2019: certified biodegradable carrier bags • Since 1974: paper bags • Since 2019: deposit system for cold beverage bottles (glass, PET, ALU) • Since 2019 : climate-neutral production and PEFC certification of the main brochure and foreign language flyer, produced by Samson Druck in Salzburg • Since 2018: PET recycling containers at Domplatz and Residenzplatz - voluntary abandonment of PET • Since 2017: 100% renewable energy from Salzburg AG • Since 2015: LED Conversion and resulting annual savings of over 25.000 kWh • Waste separation of glass, PET, cardboard and mixed waste 2019: approx. 0,06 kg of waste per visitor, a total of approx. 60 tons of separated waste • Garbage cans at the market At the Christmas market there are 55 - 210 liters Garbage bins with covers • Garbage disposal 12 employees are on duty every day in 4 teams of 3 in the morning from 08 a.m. to 10 a.m. and in the afternoon from 15 p.m. to 21 p.m. with the constant emptying of the trash cans and cleaning of the area. • In 2021, reusable tableware with a deposit will be handed out at a stand for testing, and from 2022 onwards, other catering stands will be equipped with them • Freely accessible heated women's, men's and disabled toilets with a child changing area • Natural local Christmas trees, no more than 40 from harvest to market KM • For every Christmas tree cut, 2-3 new ones were planted and these contribute to CO2 reduction. • In the area of ​​food and beverages, preference is given to producers, suppliers and products from the region.

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