Clean Up Effort Begins As Glastonbury Festival 2019 Ends
The party is over at Glastonbury Festival, so the lengthy clean up process must now begin.
An army of volunteers and staff are taking to the fields with bin liners and an iron will, to restore the site to tidiness.
Despite a load of pictures showing rubbish strewn fields, festival organisers and the recycling team think that things are remarkably positive after this year's edition.
Worthy Farm, near Pilton in Somerset, just hosted the world's largest greenfield festival and became home to around 200,000 people for much of last week.
Naturally, there's going to be quite a bit of stuff left behind, but so far - and it's early days - things look pretty good.
In fact, it could even turn out to be the cleanest Glasto yet with an estimated 1m fewer plastic bottles used after they were taken off sale by organisers.
The clean up army, which includes more than 1,000 people, will now spend as long as it takes returning the dairy farm to day-to-day reality.
In a statement, Glastonbury Festival told LADbible: "Our recycling team have confirmed that we've seen a massive reduction in the amount of plastic on the site this year - the least they've ever seen, by a distance.
"It's much too early for us to have exact stats on how much plastic has been/will be collected (note: there was never a ban on the public bringing their own plastic bottles on site this year) but we're incredibly pleased that we didn't sell any single-use plastic drinks bottles at Glastonbury 2019 after selling more than one million in 2017.
"All plastic and cans will be recycled by our on-site recycling centre (the biggest temporary recycling unit in Europe). We recycled 44,000kg of plastic bottles in 2017 - they were used to make materials like fleece and carpets - and that will be substantially less this year."
Highlights of the 2019 festival included sets from Stormzy, Kylie Minogue, Lewis Capaldi and The Killers. Yesterday, naturalist, TV presenter and national treasure David Attenborough addressed the crowd and spoke about the need to reduce the environmental impact of the festival.
He told fans gathered at the Pyramid Stage: "Now this great festival has gone plastic-free.
"That means more than a million bottles of water have not been drunk by you in plastic. Thank you! Thank you!
"The ocean covers two-thirds of this planet of ours ... the land only covers one third of the globe. There are seven great continents on which we human beings live.
"Each of them has its own marvellous creatures - birds and mammals, animals of all kinds. Each of them has its own glory, each of them has its own problems."
Despite some mess being left behind, it looks as if the festival's 'Love The Farm, Leave No Trace' campaign has drastically reduced the amount of waste left behind.
Fantastic to see people are taking everything home with them. Leave no trace. Thank you Glastonbury! See you next year. RG pic.twitter.com/HPVZU1UKOI
- Glastonbury Live (@GlastoLive) July 1, 2019
The festival itself tweeted out yesterday: "If you're starting to think about packing up, then PLEASE take everything home with you. Let's leave this beautiful countryside in the state that it deserves."
In an interview with the Glastonbury Free Press yesterday, co-organiser Emily Eavis said: "We've made so many positive strides with our green campaigns this year.
"It's incredible to think that there will be one million fewer plastic bottles for the planet to deal with because we've stopped selling them."
"The most eye-opening part of the weekend for me was not seeing any plastic bottles in the bins or on the ground.
"I think people are really starting to understand how important it is to treat the land with respect, and to stop living a disposable lifestyle."
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