UK major music festival shedding plastic bottles

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Photo by Photo by Michael Chromik, Glastonbury Festival Visitors will still be allowed to bring plastic bottles on to the site

One of the UK’s biggest music events, Glastonbury Festival, has announced that single-use plastic drinks bottle will not be available in its 2019 edition, set for 26-30 June this year.

The plastic bottle ban is also extended to festival’s backstage, production, catering and dressing room areas, the organisers announced 27 Feb.

Visitors will still be allowed to bring plastic bottles on to the site, but Glastonbury has strongly encouraged “everyone to join the effort by bringing as little single-use plastic as possible.”

“Our partners Greenpeace estimate that, globally, up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans each year. Greenpeace advise that by far the best way to avoid plastic pollution is to reduce plastic usage,” Glastonbury said in a statement.

“With more than one million plastic bottles sold at Glastonbury 2017, we feel that stopping their sale is the only way forward,” it added.

The organisers have also urged all festival-goers to use a reusable water bottle and refill it at any of the hundreds of free water taps and WaterAid kiosks around the Glastonbury site.

Free drinking water will be available from all bars across the site.

Meanwhile, canned soft drinks and canned Life Water will be available to purchase from all traders.

“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,” said co-organiser Emily Eavis. 

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