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Glastonbury festival bans sale of single-use plastic bottles

No single-use plastic bottles will be sold at this year's Glastonbury festival, organisers have a...
Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

15.08 28 Feb 2019


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Glastonbury festival bans sale of single-use plastic bottles

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

15.08 28 Feb 2019


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No single-use plastic bottles will be sold at this year's Glastonbury festival, organisers have announced.

More than one million plastic bottles were sold at the English music festival in 2017.

Now, the organisers say that stopping the sale of the bottles "is the only way forward".

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They're calling on all festival-goers to use reusable water bottles, and 'hundreds' of free water taps will be available around the site.

There'll also be no plastic bottles supplied or available for staff or performers in backstage, production, catering and dressing room areas.

Festival-goers will still be able to bring plastic bottles to the site.

However, those behind the festival are "strongly encouraging" all attendees to limit the amount of plastic they bring with them.

"It's now or never"

Organiser Emily Eavis said: “It’s paramount for our planet that we all reduce our plastic consumption, and I’m thrilled that, together, we’ll be able to prevent over a million single-use plastic bottles from being used at this year’s festival.

"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.”

The Glastonbury festival returns in June after a 'fallow year' in 2018.

Around 135,000 people attend the popular festival, which typically sells out almost immediately.

Stormzy has been announced as one of this year's headliners.

Janet Jackson, Kylie Minogue and Janelle Monae are among the other confirmed acts.

Last year, Ireland's inaugural All Together Now festival offered recyclable and reusable water cartons instead of bottles.

Main image: General view of The Temple in The Common area at the end of Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm, Somerset at Worthy Farm, Somerset in 2017. Picture by: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment

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