Glastonbury Bans Sales of Single-Use Plastic Bottles

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The competition will eradicate the greater than 1 million plastic bottles it sells yearly.

Organizers for Glastonbury music competition in England have formally introduced a ban on single-use plastic drink bottles. Vendors will not be allowed to supply drinks in plastic containers and they won't be allowed to make use of single-use plastic bottles for the competition’s backstage, manufacturing, catering or dressing rooms.

“It’s paramount for our planet that all of us cut back our plastic consumption, and I’m thrilled that, collectively, we’ll be capable to stop over one million single-use plastic bottles from getting used at this 12 months’s Festival,” mentioned Emily Eavis, daughter of founder Michael Eavis, in an announcement.

According to Glastonbury accomplice Greenpeace, as much as 12.7 million tons of plastic find yourself within the ocean yearly and one of the simplest ways to forestall plastic waste is to scale back plastic utilization.

Glastonbury was not held in 2018, taking "a fallow 12 months" with a view to give the farm, the village and the competition crew a 12 months off -- a typical follow for the competition each six years. In 2017, there have been greater than 1 million plastic bottles offered at Glastonbury. The competition said on their web site, “We really feel that stopping their sale is the one means ahead.”

The competition recommends attendees use reusable water bottles, which might be refilled at any of the a whole bunch of free water faucets round on the Glastonbury web site.

“We have a mains water provide from Bristol Water, with water of the identical high quality as your faucets at residence,” the competition’s web site explains. “We are additionally tripling the variety of WaterSupport kiosks the place it is possible for you to to refill your bottle. Free ingesting water might be obtainable from all bars throughout the positioning.”

“I actually hope that everybody -- from ticket-holder to headliner -- will go away Worthy Farm this 12 months understanding that even small, on a regular basis adjustments could make an actual distinction. It’s now or by no means,” Eavis added.

Soft drinks and water offered on the competition might be obtainable in cans as a substitute of plastic bottles. In 2017, the competition says it recycled practically 45 tons of aluminum cans and expects that quantity to extend in 2019, whereas the 40 tons in plastic it recycled will cut back considerably.

Fans is not going to be prevented from bringing in plastic bottles, however the web site encourages attendees to make use of reusable drinkware as a substitute.

The announcement from the five-day competition comes after Eavis advised the BBC in 2016 that the ban was “the large undertaking” for 2019.

As a part of its “Love the Farm, Leave No Trace” initiative, organizers have beforehand supplied followers non-aerodynamic stainless steel cups. The cups had been created from 90 p.c recycled materials and offered out in simply 48 hours.