Next time you head off to a music festival, spare a thought for the poor team that has to clean up after you.  Only Lanyards, provider of eco-friendly options for promotional products and lanyards for events, festivals and functions, has produced some shocking statistics at what happens AFTER a music festival.

The big clean up after the big throw-out

In June 2017 an 800-strong clean-up crew descended on the Glastonbury site following the exit of 200,000 revellers, to tackle around 1,650 tonnes of waste – the most extensive cleanup effort in history!

It’s not just food waste, a lot of campers think it’s ok to leave unwanted gear behind.  The 1,650 tonnes of waste included:
– 5,000 abandoned tents
– 6,500 sleeping bags
– 400 gazebos
– 54 tonnes of cans and plastic bottles
– 41 tonnes of cardboard
– 66 tonnes of scrap metal
– 3,500 airbeds
– 2,200 chairs
– 950 rolled mats

In case you are wondering what 1,650 tonnes of waste looks like, here’s what it is equivalent to:


  • 2500 cows
  • 250 T-Rex
  • 200 Elephants
  • 20 Space Shuttles
  • 15 Blue Whales
  • 2 + 1/2 Statues of Christ the Redeemer (located in Rio de Janerio)

Be a ‘festival friendly’ camper


To be a ‘festival friendly’ camper, follow these guidelines and leave only your footprints behind:

– Only pack what is absolutely essential – Remember to only take the bare minimum
– Take home the tent – clean it up and save it for another festival, recycle it or donate to a homeless or refugee charity.  Leaving it behind risks it heading for landfill.
– Put your rubbish in bins and recycle points
– Bring reusable cutlery, crockery and cups
– Share transport or use public transport


Providing festival food? Why not be a ‘festival friendly’ foodie van?

Food and drink providers can help support the environment too:

– Use biodegradable cups and food containers
– Implement recycling rewards for customers e.g. half price drink in exchange for 20 recycled cups
– Bring compost bins and recycling facilities


Reading and Leeds Festival

With the upcoming Reading and Leeds festivals finishing off this summer of music, we’re encouraging both attendees and merchants to actively consider their impact on the environment, by making small changes. Together we can all make a big change.