Interesting Fact # 572 – Glastonbury Festival

1,200 people were employed at the Glastonbury Festival just to pick up and sort the rubbish.

(I remember when you just needed some volunteers and a few bin liners. I guess that’s the price you pay for charging so much money for entrance. One litter-picker received a nice bonus after coming across £6,000 in cash.

Two years ago almost 2,000 tonnes of rubbish were produced. That is more than a town of a comparable size, according to festival rubbish manager Robert Kearle, people produce more rubbish when they are partying. Two-thousand old oil drums are used as litter bins, 13 dustbin trucks travel around the site every day from 0600-1700. Two years ago, 50% of all rubbish was recycled – including 230 tonnes of compostable food and biodegradable plates, cups and cutlery – with the other half going into landfill. )

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