Glastonbury litter-picker hits back at criticism of rubbish ‘warzone’

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A litter-picking volunteer has defended the amount of mess left behind at Glastonbury Festival.

Worthy Farm stall owners hit out at festivalgoers who ‘drink and take drugs’ creating a “litter warzone”, Bristol Live reported yesterday (July 1).

But Gillian Hodgson, who helped clear the area around the Pyramid Stage each morning of the festival, said alcohol and drugs had “nothing to do” with the litter.

The 56-year-old from Lancashire also said the provision of 15,000 bins was sufficient.

‘People really made an effort’

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She said: “I picked up litter last year too, and there was far less this time around. People really made an effort this year.

“They couldn’t have put more bins in, otherwise people would have been hemmed in by bins.”

Mrs Hodgson picked up rubbish from 6am to 12pm each morning, filling about two bags of bottles and cans, three of food waste and one of non-recyclable waste.

“The only things in our non-recyclable waste bags was the odd crisp packet and loads of fag-ends,” she said.

“Dropping fag-ends is the thing we would like people to stop doing. There were thousands of them on the ground each morning.”

Mrs Hodgson, who worked with about 200 volunteers by the Pyramid, says it was also “annoying” to see deckchairs abandoned.

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But she added: “I hate the fact that with all the good Glastonbury does, everyone wants to talk about the litter.

“There is bound to be some mess when there are 200,000 people. It’s inevitable.”

‘Six-week clean-up’

Though Mrs Hodgson says all the mess around the Pyramid Stage was picked up by 11.30am on Monday, the camping areas take longer to clear.

The 2017 clean-up of the whole site reportedly cost nearly £800,000 and lasted six weeks.

Organiser Emily Eavis has said an “incredible” 99.3 per cent of tents were removed from Worthy Farm after the five-day event.

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Glastonbury Festival’s calls for people to keep the site free of tents and rubbish are part of its ‘Love Worthy Farm, Leave No Trace’ campaign.

A spokesperson for the festival said it does all it can to stop people from littering.

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