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Glastonbury Festival bans plastic bottles


Glastonbury Festival has announced plans to ban all use of single-plastic bottles at this year’s event.

The announcement, made via their official website, comes as Emily Eavis attempts to stem the amount of waste used at the event. It comes as the event claimed that in 2017, Glastonbury got through in excess of 1.3m plastic bottles.

“Obviously we are all fighting the fight against plastic, which is an enormous task but well overdue and we need to make steps in the right direction,” said Eavis. “A vast amount of plastic bottles were gotten through and when you see images of the arena completely covered in old plastic bottles it’s quite haunting.

“We have been working on this during the year off. We spent a lot of time in 2018 working on the logistic side of all this, speaking to suppliers and market managers, area organisers,” she added.

“We are tackling drinking bottles at the moment, water bottles … and we are encouraging people to bring their own reusable bottle but there will also be reusable bottles available on site.”

As well as introducing reusable bottles, many festivals will be looking to take things a step further by using eco cotton bags to reduce the amount of single-use plastics.

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