Green Glastonbury reduced negative impact 3rd July, 2013 Daniel Birkett
The organisers of Glastonbury festival announced the green policies adopted for this year’s event which have greatly reduced the environmental impact of the music festival.
The festival was originally introduced in 1970 and is now considered one of the biggest and best music festivals in the world. In an article published on their website the organisers claim that Glastonbury festival is ‘committed to enhancing the environment through our operations wherever possible and minimising any negative impact.’ A number of initiatives were put in place to reduce the impact of the attendees and the festival itself to make the event as ‘green’ as possible.
Attendees were encouraged to use public transport or to car-share as over 100,000 people flock to the festival resulting in substantial carbon emissions. Waste was also high priority and festival goers were asked to bring only what they can take home. The site has over 15,000 bins and over 49% of the waste is recycled which now includes electrical waste.
Campers were also recommended to purchase tents with good longevity as opposed to the cheaper tents which often get left behind. The festival also used cotton based bags instead of plastic as well as water based ink for T-shirt printing. Locally sourced wood was compulsory for market stalls which were made to provide wooden cutlery for customers while fair-trade products were also on offer, such as tea and coffee.
Renewable energy was also used throughout the site including solar panels and wind turbines to power stages, food stalls, lighting and more.
In 2008 the festival amounted over 193 tonnes of organic waste, 54 tonnes of bottles and cans, 41 tonnes of cardboard and much more which resulted in an overall waste recycling total of 863.32 tonnes.