Glastonbury cleans up

Many more fan’s at this years Glastonbury have taken tents and other camping quipment home with them, in a distinct improvement on 2009. Last year 5,572 tents were left behind and 2,220 camping chairs, 3,321 airbeds, 400 gazebos and a whopping 6,538 sleeping bags were left behind to go into landfill. Lucy, the Glastonbury Green Initiatives co-ordinator posted this on the official Glasters website

A big thank you to everyone who packed up all their camping equipment and took it home, and for putting all their rubbish into bin bags.  It made such a huge difference looking across the farm after the Festival and not seeing nearly as many abandoned tents, roll mats, sleeping bags, chairs etc. It still wasn’t perfect, but it was a LOT better than last year. Thanks to everyone for ‘TAKING IT HOME’ – and let’s work towards doing even better next year!”

But there was still masses of litter and mess on-site – I walked past the John Peel Stage and then onwards to the Pyraid Stage every morning and frankly it WAS Trash City – with unbelievable amounts of waste just discarded and left on the floor. For a interesting read, here is a link to Dave Wilson’s blog on Q107 http://www.q107.com/Blogs/UKClassicRock/BlogEntry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10123000 .

Our Great Big Green Ideas came up with some neat solutions to waste left at festivals, especially for tents, but the simple fact remains that if people re-use tents they are then not ‘waste’ at all – and don’t need to be either reclaimed, recycled or sent to landfill.

www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk and see the Guardian’s Blog at http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/green-living-blog/2010/jul/02/glastonbury-litter-reusable-cups-recycled-tents

LOVE THE FARM …. LEAVE NO TRACE

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