The great Glasto clean-up begins! Volunteers begin massive task of clearing up rubbish left by 200,000 festivalgoers at Worthy Farm
- Volunteers have begun the painstaking work of cleaning up thousands of discarded items at Worthy Farm
- After 200,000 revellers descended on the site, the process of turning it back into a working farm is underway
- The clean-up crew have been faced with left behind camping chairs, blow-up mattresses, flips flops and more
- One long-serving cleaner noticed a decline in gas cannisters this year and an increase in littered vape bars
- Glastonbury festival’s website warns not to forget tent pegs on the dairy farm, as cows could eat them and die
A major clean-up operation has begun at Glastonbury to return the site from a pop-up city of 200,000 people to a Somerset dairy farm.
Volunteers began shifting rubbish strewn across the 800-acre site as revellers began to make their way home following headline performances by Billie Eilish, Sir Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar.
They began picking up thousands of discarded items including paper cups and food containers after around 200,000 people descended on Worthy Farm for the festival.
The clean-up crew tackled bins overflowing with waste and big items such as camping chairs, blow-up mattresses, slippers, flip-flops and shopping bags needing to be disposed of.
Campers packed up their belongings and left in a steady stream from the Somerset site on Monday morning as the rain descended following a festival that had defied ominous forecasts of thunderstorms and a yellow weather warning from the Met Office.
Volunteers have begun cleaning up at Glastonbury, after 200,000 people descended on Worthy Farm last week to celebrate the first festival since 2019
Left-behind items mostly include paper cups and food containers, although large items like camping chairs and blow-up mattresses have also been ditched
One long-serving volunteer noted that there were fewer gas canisters discarded this year but more vape bars
Seagulls have swooped down on the emptying campsite, scavenging food scraps from littered containers
With the festivities over, revellers have been streaming out of the site all morning, leaving behind thousands of discarded items
There were 15,000 bins over the 800-acre site set up to handle the huge quantities of litter generated
Highlights from the festival’s special 50th year include history-making headline sets from Sir Paul McCartney and Billie Eilish as well as Lamar’s dramatic demonstration for female rights.
Volunteer Sean Kelly, 32, said: ‘I’ve been litter picking every day for hours. In the whole recycling team there is 2,500 of us and I’ve done it 10 years on the trot.
‘It’s very similar to 2019 because it is dry. It is a lot easier to pick when it is dry.
‘As a rule, everything is pretty much done early this year.
‘There’s been a huge reduction in gas canisters this year, but there’s been a lot of vape bars and they are the only things you can’t recycle.
Volunteers have begun the painstaking process of turning Worthy Farm back into a functioning dairy farm
The festival’s organisers warned that left-behind tent pegs could end up being ingested by cows, causing damage or even death to the unsuspecting ruminants
‘Most things get recycled here.’
On Glastonbury Festival’s official website, attendees were urged: ‘Take it, don’t leave it’.
The website cautions that left-behind tent pegs can end up killing cows if the ruminants accidentally eat them.
Festival-goers were provided with 15,000 bins over the site, and each attendee was given a green bag for recyclables and a clear bag for general waste upon entering last week.
Flocks of seagulls have descended on the site to scavenge food scraps from discarded containers.
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