The festival's over... someone fetch a dustpan and brush: Sea of rubbish left behind by 90,000

DanaReevesLungs

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Looks like poor planning by the event coordinators, but I don't see one garbage can on the grounds.
 
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Prob a couple of garbage lorries... perhaps more then...



READING FESTIVAL BY NUMBERS
90,000 people per day attending
£250 - price of an all-weekend ticket
£14.99 - current price of cheapest pop-up ‘festival tent’ at Argos
200 ‘green messengers’ promoting recycling
4,000 recycling bags distributed
20p returnable deposit on plastic bottles
6 tons of cardboard cups and containers for recycling
150 tons of rubbish estimated to have been left behind
101 reported crimes and 51 arrests
1 million pints of lager consumed
500 to 1,000 items handed to lost & found each year
650 (female only) portable toilets; 100 male. (cuz Patriarchy?)
 

THE FEZ MAN

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It always amazes me at the shit people leave behind. Those tents arnt cheep, not to mention all the other shit
 

mikeybot

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Friend of mine worked a big festival in Ireland a few years ago. He said that people would even just leave their stuff in their tents and the had basically a dump truck with a claw on it to just pick up the tents and drop them in the back.
 

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Looks like poor planning by the event coordinators, but I don't see one garbage can on the grounds.
A lot of big festivals plan for this shit to happen in advance. It's probably easier to do this than to have tons of garbage cans on the grounds and have daily or twice daily garbage pickup.