Glastonbury bans single-use plastic bottles

The festival is making the change in a bid to reduce waste

Glastonbury organisers have announced that single-use plastic bottles will not be available at the 2019 edition of the festival.

No plastic bottles will be on sale at the Worthy Farm event, which takes place between June 26-30, while the vessels will also not be supplied in any of the festival’s backstage, production, catering, or dressing room areas.

While festival-goers won’t be stopped from bringing plastic bottles on site, they are being encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle with them, which can be refilled at the numerous water taps across the site. Free drinking water will also be available from every bar.

For those wishing to purchase drinks, canned soft drinks and canned Life Water will be available to purchase in place of bottled beverages.

In a statement, festival organiser Emily Eavis said: “It’s paramount for our planet that we all reduce our plastic consumption, and I’m thrilled that, together, we’ll be able to prevent over a million single-use plastic bottles from being used at this year’s Festival. I really hope that everyone – from ticket-holder to headliner – will leave Worthy Farm this year knowing that even small, everyday changes can make a real difference. It’s now or never.”

Yesterday (February 26), it was reported that Glastonbury had been given permission to increase its capacity to 210,000 people as long as the extra attendees travel by public transport.

Meanwhile, Eavis previously gave updates on the festival site, saying the Arcadia team were working on a new area and new design, Bloc 9 would be expanding with a “mind-blowing” new installation, and a new area would be introduced to The Park.

Stormzy is the only Pyramid Stage headliner to be announced for Glastonbury 2019 so far. The Cure and The Killers are currently the bookies’ favourites to fill the other two main headline slots. Kylie Minogue and Janelle Monáe have also been confirmed to perform at the festival, while Lizzo recently told NME that she would be appearing too.