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Glastonbury music festival has announced it will no longer sell single-use plastic water bottles, in a bid to reduce plastic pollution.
Co-organizer of the annual festival, Emily Eavis, tweeted: “Thanks so much for all your lovely messages about our announcement that we won’t be selling drinks in plastic bottles at this year’s Glastonbury. It’s amazing to see so much support for it.
“We’ll be recycling all the extra soft drink cans, as well as any plastic bottles which are brought onto site.”
12.7 million tonnes of plastic
The festival has also tripled the number of WaterAid kiosks where guests can refill their bottles, and free drinking water will be available from all bars across the site.
Environmental organization, Greenpeace, report an estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans each year, which is equivalent to a truckload of rubbish every minute.
‘The battle against waste is a big one’
Eavis said: “The battle against waste in a big one, but I’m proud of the strides we’ve been able to make over the last few years. We’ve already cut out plastic crockery, cutlery, straws, sauce sachets, non-biodegradable glitter and this is the next step.
“There’s still more to do, but I’m really happy with the progress we’re making, and the support that you have given us.”