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Glastonbury Festival to ban plastic water bottles

04 March 2019

Somerset-based festival Glastonbury has announced that at the 2019 edition of the event, single-use plastic water bottles will be banned, in a bid to reduce plastic pollution. 

Not only will single-use plastic bottles be banned from sale at the festival site, they will no longer be available backstage, in the catering, dressing room or production areas where artists are. Though festival goers are not strictly banned from bringing plastic bottles onto the site, it is strongly encouraged that everyone joins the initiative to clamp down on plastic.

“The battle against waste in a big one, but I'm proud of the strides we’ve been able to make over the last few years,” co-organiser Emily Eavis said in a statement. “We’ve already cut out plastic crockery, cutlery, straws, sauce sachets, non-biodegradable glitter and this is the next step. There's still more to do, but I'm really happy with the progress we're making, and the support that [Glastonbury goers] have given us.”

Glastonbury have been in partnership with charities such as Oxfam, WaterAid and Greenpeace since the 1980s, and in 2003, the festival organisers donated half of their ticket and commercial revenue to the three charities. Greenpeace itself is a partner of the festival and organise a field at the event itself.

Greenpeace estimate that 12.7m tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean each year and have advised that with a million plastic bottles sold at Glastonbury 2017, this ban is the best way to help the environment. Glastonbury organisers are tripling the number of WaterAid kiosks available to refill reusable bottles. Glastonbury will also be recycling soft drink cans at its on-site recycling centre, similar to the ones that W&S provide at sites in Poole, Bournemouth and Oxford: in 2017, almost 45 tonnes of aluminium cans were recycled from the centre.

“I really hope that everyone – from ticket-holder to headliner – will leave Worthy Farm this year knowing that even small, everyday changes can make a real difference. It’s now or never,” Eavis added.

Improve your own plastic recycling efforts

Plastic pollution is a serious issue for the environment: 320 million tons of plastic were produced in 2016, and this number is set to double in the next fifteen years, unless we can clamp down on wastage.

Everyone can do their bit, by making the effort to swap single-use bottles for reusable ones and reusing plastic lunchboxes if possilbe. If you are looking to recycle your own bottles, W&S offer plastic recycling at our centres in Dorset, Oxfordshire and the surrounding areas. If you'd like to find out where your local centre is, or you'd like more information on plastic recycling, please don't hesitate to contact our friendly recycling team on 01202 675564.

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