Wasted in Glastonbury : The party is over – Glastonbury clear up begins as 175,000 festival goers head home

June 29, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

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An army of workers today (Mon) began the back-breaking task of removing an estimated 1,650 tonnes of waste from Glastonbury Festival – including 5,000 abandoned tents.

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With the party officially over, campers had until 5pm today (Mon) to leave the farm and allow the clean-up operation to get into full swing.

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A litter picking crew of around 800 will spend up to six weeks clearing the 1,200-acre site, which has been left carpeted in rubbish.

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An estimated 11 tonnes of clothes and camping gear will be abandoned, including 6,500 sleeping bags, 5,500 tents, 3,500 airbeds, 2,200 chairs, 950 rolled mats and 400 gazebos.

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It is thought that the festival organisers will spend around £780,000 collecting the rubbish from across the site.

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It is expected that volunteers will sift through around nine tonnes of glass, 54 tonnes of cans and plastic bottles, 41 tonnes of cardboard, and 66 tonnes of scrap metal.

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Nearly 200 tonnes of composted organic waste is also removed from the site throughout the five day festival, which was this year attended by 175,000 people.

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The fields of Worthy Farm will then be returned to grazing dairy cows.

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Tractors carrying magnetic strips will travel across the site to pick up tent pegs while workers will carry out a fingertip search to make sure no inch of the land goes unchecked.

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Workers will be extra cautious of stray tent pegs as cows grazing the site have died in previous years after eating them.

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It is thought the clear up could last around six weeks, before the land can be restored to a working dairy farm.

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A spokesperson for the festival said (Mon): “Thank you to everyone who has tidied their camping pitch and taken everything home. We really do appreciate it.”

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