Glastonbury 2014: The great clean-up begins as 175,000 fans leave festival site

Some 800 litter-pickers have been employed to clear Worthy Farm of rubbish

Jess Denham
Monday 30 June 2014 11:39
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Festival goers use recycling bins at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset
Festival goers use recycling bins at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset

The great Glastonbury clean-up has kicked into action as around 175,000 people begin to leave the festival site.

Campers have until 6pm this evening to leave Somerset’s Worthy Farm, before a litter-picking crew of 800 are given a week to clear the ground of rubbish.

Volunteers started sorting through recycling yesterday, while tractors carrying magnetic strips are ready to trawl the 1,200 acre site to pick up stray tent pegs.

Other workers are on hand to carry out a fingertip search and ensure that every inch of the land is cleared, so that organiser Michael Eavis’ dairy farm can resume functioning.

The full clean-up operation is expected to take up to six weeks.

Eavis has praised this year’s festival as "a great success again, in spite of the mud" and confirmed that he already has next year’s headliners booked.

The 78-year-old, who founded Glastonbury in 1970, refused to reveal who the bands are but said one band was not British and Prince is not one of them.

Eavis also suggested that the festival could run for "a few more years" before discussions need to start about its future.

"Myself, I think I can run another six years, which would take me up to about 50 years," he said. "Then see what happens after that."

This summer’s musical extravaganza was headlined by Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian, with Dolly Parton honoured as the "biggest attraction since The Rolling Stones" last year.

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