FESTIVAL TAX, SHOULD WE PAY IT?
The UK Government could be considering putting a £25 tent tax in place for festival goers across the nation.
John Read who is the Founder of the Clean Up Britain campaign told BBC News "You see a lot of people saying they care about the environment but their words and actions don't match"
John told the BBC this after he was shown the aftermath of the Reading & Leeds Music Festival and many other festivals that held throughout the year across the nation.
In the BBC News report Andy Bexx took to the skies to get a birds eye view of the festival to witness first hand at what chaos was left behind. He posted on social media "Last night I was walking by the festival and I saw a lot of people carrying their tent out, I thought that was a good sign and that maybe the site would look cleaner after the festival had finished"
Andy then took to the skies and was left disappointed, he did however state the site was "slightly better than previous years".
Pictures taken by Andy Bexx:
In the BBC News report, John Read described the situation as "Glorified fly tipping" due to people leaving all the waste for everyone else to clear up.
Mr. Read said he believes that a £25 pitch deposit should be enforced to essentially force campers at festivals to take their tents home. Although he has stated that his campaign Clean Up Britain believes £25 should be plenty, other campaigns & groups believe the deposit should be much higher. He went on by saying that "Any money made could go into redistributing abandoned tents to homeless charities, scout groups and local community groups".
Reading & Leeds isn't the only festival in the UK to have this problem. This year Download Festival UK had a similar problem with waste.
YouTube channel 'Project Zeb' posted a video covering waste left over after Download Festival 2019 came to a close.
Download Festival introduced a scheme to reduce the amount of plastic bottles being used at the festival. You are able to bring your plastic bottles or any bottles you find on the festival grounds to the festivals onsite Co-Op and use the bottle bank to receive money in return of your bottle deposit.
Melvin Bann who is the Managing Director of Festival Republic said that "We have put in place a number of initiatives to help Reading Festival goers take proactive decisions about their carbon footprint and deal with their stuff responsibly.
He continued by stating that "As a company we have committed to eliminating single use plastic by 2021 and reducing our carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030. We do everything that we can, but we need your help too".
Many people are wondering why Festival Republic are struggling with this matter as Glastonbury 2019 was labeled as "one of the greatest events yet". Emily Eavis revealed on Social Media that 99.3% of tents were taken away from the festival by campers.
Glastonbury also introduced a plastic free scheme for the festivals return in 2019.
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