Innovative Strategy for Dealing with Waste Plastic Bottles

There are many things that are associated with the summer: Holidays, ice cream, swimming in the sea, flip flops and BBQs, to name a few. Yet, of all these summertime pursuits, there is one that stands out, amongst the others, due to its polarising effect on the British public when it comes to its environmental impact: The music festival.

Whilst there is no doubt, that the aftermath of most festivals makes for some pretty grim photos  of abandoned tents, mountains of food waste and vast seas of rubbish. What is often not reported, is the lengths organisers go to, to create a more environmentally-friendly festival.

In the past couple of years, festivals have come on in leaps and bounds as they have improved on their environmental impact by implementing, often radical, measures to create a greener event. From improved recycling rates, to solar panelled showers and compost toilets, festivals are often the place where innovation meets execution, and new sustainable technologies are tried and tested first, before being put into use in our towns and cities.

This year is no different, with the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset taking the war on waste plastic to the plastic drinks bottle as part of a long-term strategy to become the world’s most sustainable and environmentally friendly music festival.

With at least one million plastic bottles estimated to be used during the event, it is no surprise that organisers are looking for ways in which to make the festival more sustainable and to manage the waste for the Somerset based event. In light of this, over 2,000 reusable stainless steel bottles will be given to the road crews and bands, with more going on sale to festival goers who are being urged to ditch disposable for reusable and will be given access to 400 drinking taps throughout the site.

At Nationwide Waste Services, we applaud this strategy as, not only does it raise awareness for the festival-goers, it also raises awareness of green issues on an international stage too.

24/06/2014 16:28:04

by Jonny in Recycling News

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