Half a million bags of rubbish left at Glastonbury site

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More than 1,800 litter pickers have been clearing away an estimated 500,000 bags of rubbish and 57 tonnes of reusable items after this year’s Glastonbury festival.

This year’s festival, which took place on 22-26 June, has been described as the muddiest ever by founder Michael Eavis.

“Every single bit of woodchip in the south of England, all of it is here over 1,000 acres. I’ve never seen mud like it in the whole life,” he said. “In all 46 years, it hasn’t been as bad as this.”

The mud caused difficulties for revellers attempting to leave the site, many of whom needed the assistance of towing vehicles.

Charity Aid Box Convoy requested that festivalgoers donate their tents rather than abandoning them at the site. The donated tents are given to refugees in northern France.