Glastonbury's plastic bottle ban tested by hot weather

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Glastonbury's plastic bottle ban tested by hot weather

Britain's Glastonbury Festival is greener and cleaner after it banned the sale of single-use plastic bottles in a move it hoped would inspire long-term change.

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Glastonbury's plastic bottle ban tested by hot weather

Ticket holders were encouraged to bring their own reusable bottles or to buy a metal canister, which could be refilled at water stations around the site.

Long queues formed at some locations as people tried to keep hydrated in blazing sunshine at Worthy Farm in southwest England on Saturday (June 29).

Most festival goers remained good natured, however, and said they supported reducing plastic use.

About 1 million single-use plastic bottles were sold on site in 2017, organisers had said.

Glastonbury has an on-site recycling facility, which is operational for eight days processing the waste created by around 200,000 people at its peak, making it Europe's largest temporary recycling centre.

In 2017, it processed 132,500 kg of food, which became compost, more than 44,500 kg of cans, which were used to make new cans, and more than 44,000 kg of plastic bottles, which were used to make materials like fleece and carpets, the festival said.

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