Positive suggestions for festival waste prevention

Positive suggestions for festival waste prevention

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Alison Kurtis started this petition to Reading Borough Council and

This year at Reading Festival a record number of people attended. A lot of tents were left behind and young people have been accused of abandoning their posessions.The question asked by Janet Street Porter in The Independent Saturday 31 August was "why can't revellers wear a rucksack and take their detritus home".

The fact is that hundreds of campers at Reading festival were forced to walk 5 or 6 miles from car parking to campsite. This situation occurred in part because Reading Borough Council agreed to increase capacity from 90,000 to 105,000 attendees. 

Due to a combination of inadequate facilities and overcrowding many young people were forced to leave equipment behind. The clean up costs incurred by festival organisers would be much reduced if the young people had reasonable  conditions and not so far to carry equipment. Campers in the last field to be opened on Friday lunchtime had walked all afternoon in adverse hot weather. These people had to offload important supplies including blankets, water, and pillows in order to be able to continue the journey to their pitch. They had asked for trolleys but were told none were left. Their pitch was 2 miles from the entrance and the festival centre.

Clean up Britain are calling for a tent tax of £25 to be levied upon festival goers. If this goes ahead there needs to be better transport, support and adequate facilities especially trolleys or help with transport. 

Given that atendees for the three days paid £260 shouldn't there be more assistance and care for our young people. If they are cared for they will care for the environment.

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