Glastonbury organisers ban sale of single-use plastic bottles

Photo by Pixabay Festivals are notorious for the waste they create

The Guardian is reporting that the organisers of the Glastonbury festival have banned the sale of single-use plastic bottles.

The organisers will not allow the sale of plastic bottles due to concerns of their effect on the environment.

"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 Emily Eavis, a co-organiser of the festival and daughter of the founder, Michael Eavis.

Glastonbury is infamous for the amount of waste left behind after the three-day event. It is estimated that visitors used 1.3m plastic bottles at the 2017 event.

"A vast amount of plastic bottles were gotten through and when you see the images of the arena completely covered in old plastic bottles it's quite haunting," added Eavis.

Backstage catering will also be plastic-free, with canned drinks and reusable water bottles made available to artists.

Festivalgoers will be encouraged to use reusable water bottles which can be refilled a free water taps around the site. Water and soft drinks will be available in recyclable cans.