Glastonbury 2016: Reviewing the new organic toilets

The traditional Tardis-like portable potties have been replaced almost entirely with composting toilets

Jack Shepherd
Sunday 26 June 2016 13:39
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Glastonbury's composting toilets as photographed last year
Glastonbury's composting toilets as photographed last year

For Glastonbury-goers, often the idea of holding in a bowel movement for days is more appealing than actually using the onsite toilets.

They're the things of nightmares, the majority being metallic green boxes, known as "long-drops" because you excrete into a large underground opening, often already filled to the brim with human excrement.

Upon the news that Worthy Farm was replacing almost all of its Tardis-like portable potties with organic toilets, many revellers were quite ecstatic. Surely, they couldn't be worse than what has come before?

For journalistic purposes, I managed to hold off going to the quite acceptable Hospitality toilets in order to use one of these new behemoths.

Notably, there aren't a huge amount of these toilets around, and when they are there, queues are often long. Unlike the aforementioned green bogs, however, the smell is no way near as bad thanks to each user covering their excrement in tree bark; each person having to take a cup full of the stuff into the unit with them.

When you do finally enter the cabin, it's the same drill as the long drops; you're doing your business into a hole, just this time it's all dry below and you can only only see dark bark and a few squares of toilet roll rather than floating faeces.

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For a Saturday morning, the seats are also remarkably clean and there's a lot more space than in any of the other toilets. Then, when you do the business, there's a lack of sound as it hits the bark below.


It's actually quite a comfortable experience, much more so than the majority of other toilets on the site. Should you queue for these? Depends how desperate you are really. It's all the same old sh*t really.

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