This year’s Glastonbury cleanup the worst ever
This year’s Glastonbury cleanup has and continues to be monumental. The weather was unsurprisingly bad and many a wasted patron left behind everything from tents, to wellington boots, and gas bottles.
The venue, Worthy Farm, has a full time staff cleaning the place up over the last two weeks. They are holding onto lost or left behind items in case people want to claim them too.
The Glastonbury cleanup appears to be the aftermath equivalent of the dream that is the festival. Where attendees experience a wonderland of music and merriment, what is left behind after they leave is a large valley of rubbish and rotting excrement.
Over 135,000 people
The organizers admit that having 135,000 people partying on a field for five days will make a mess. This year’s cleanup has been the most insane and the tidying up is still happening. According to the Glastonbury Free Press, this year’s attendees left 500,000 sacks of rubbish, 57 tonnes of reusable items and 1,022 tonnes of recycling on the 1,000-acre site.
It’s quite typical to assume that when people are out getting drunk and high, little or no consideration is being spared for their environment. That however is a cop out to a large degree.
It takes minimal effort to be mindful of your things and how you interact with others in the party area. While the Glastonbury cleanup is being written about and talked about, this reality isn’t exclusive to the festival.
Festival organizers in South Africa experience their own issues after each event too, although of course not quite on this mammoth scale.
The cleanup crew finds themselves picking up the mess of a few thousand adults and the process takes place over a few tough days. As someone who enjoys festivals you could help keep things a little more balanced. All it takes is being a little more conscious of what you do and specifically where you leave your stuff and how you get rid of your mess.
Millenials get a lot of flak for being self centered, pampered babies. Let’s try and prove them wrong this coming summer festival season. Whether that means you put your trash in a bin or you keep your pooping to toilets or a well dug and covered hole. And use the black bags they give you at the gate when you arrive!!!