Glastonbury Festival bans the sale of single-use plastic bottles at this year’s event

Glastonbury Festival has banned the sale of single-use plastic bottles for the first time in a ‘it’s now or never’ campaign.

Single-use plastic bottles will be barred from Worthy Farm, Somerset, to be replaced by taps for festival-goers to fill up their own drinking bottles.

The festival normally sells more than a million plastic bottles and organisers say the change will ‘make a real difference’.

Rubbish left after Glastonbury Festival. The festival normally sells more than a million plastic bottles - as organisers say the change will 'make a real difference'

Rubbish left after Glastonbury Festival. The festival normally sells more than a million plastic bottles - as organisers say the change will 'make a real difference'

Rubbish left after Glastonbury Festival. The festival normally sells more than a million plastic bottles – as organisers say the change will ‘make a real difference’

Both staff and revellers will have to provide their own reusable bottles in order to make use of taps with water ‘of the same quality as your taps at home’. 

An announcement on the music festival’s website said:  ‘With more than one million plastic bottles sold at Glastonbury in 2017, we feel that stopping their sale is the only way forward.’

Free drinking water will be available from all bars across the site and the number of kiosks run by charity WaterAid will be tripled.

Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm during Glastonbury Festival. Both staff and revellers will have to provide their own reusable bottles in order to make use of taps with water 'of the same quality as your taps at home'

Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm during Glastonbury Festival. Both staff and revellers will have to provide their own reusable bottles in order to make use of taps with water 'of the same quality as your taps at home'

Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm during Glastonbury Festival. Both staff and revellers will have to provide their own reusable bottles in order to make use of taps with water ‘of the same quality as your taps at home’

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.’

Canned soft drinks and canned Life Water will still be available to buy and festival attendees will still be able to bring plastic bottles on to the site.

The festival, which takes place in Somerset, runs from June 26 to 30 this summer.

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