Glastonbury Festival to recycle WEEE

Keen to be seen as green, organisers of Glastonbury Festival will be providing recycling facilities for more waste streams than ever this year, with a special collection point for spent batteries and broken electrical devices.

The festival, the largest in the UK, has a long history of recycling and this year will add waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) to the list of materials possible to recycle.

It is envisaged that the bulk of the WEEE will be created by the festival itself, rather than those attending, but there will also be a collection point for batteries.

Waste management company Midex will provide a safe storage cage for the collection of the WEEE which will be used for the gathering and safe movement of redundant equipment throughout the event.

At the end of the Festival, the disused equipment will be transported to
sophisticated facility for processing, where it will be broken
down into component parts and shredded in line with the Environment
Agency's requirements.

The festival has a long track record of trying to reduce its environmental impact, with previous measures including compost toilets and the distribution of biodegradable tent pegs manufactured from potato starch.

Sam Bond



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