Glastonbury Festival to ban plastic bottles in 2019

Emily Eavis details new plans

Glastonbury Festival is set to ban plastic bottles from the site from 2019, organiser Emily Eavis has confirmed.

More than 1 million plastic bottles are used by the festival’s 200,000 attendees each year, with 1,300 volunteers working last year alone to help more than half the waste left behind be recycled.

The festival also encourages guests to use the 400 water taps around the camp to refill stainless steel bottles sold on site for £10.


“There’s lots going on at the moment,” Emily Eavis told BBC 6 Music. “We’re working on banning plastic bottles. It is an enormous project, it’s taking a lot of time to tackle it with all the different people we work with. That’s the big project at the moment, to get rid of plastic bottles across the whole site.”

She also told The Mirror: “Our big mission for next year is banning plastic bottles. We’re in the middle of it at the moment.”

2018 will be a fallow year for Glastonbury Festival to allow the farmland time to recover. The next festival will take place in 2019 from June 26-30.

Earlier this week, founder Michael Eavis dropped some hints on the line-up for Glastonbury 2019 at Wednesday night’s VO5 NME Awards – stating there’ll be “two or three [acts] that have never played”.

Speaking on the red carpet ahead of winning the award for Best Festival supported by ID&C, Eavis dropped the hint in an interview with Radio 1. It’s sent the rumour mill into overdrive – amongst the names being floated are Fleetwood Mac and Led Zeppelin, as well as newer acts like Kendrick Lamar.