Organisers report 'wonderful improvement' in post-festival state of Electric Picnic campsites
Traditionally, festival campsites on the Monday after Electric Picnic have not made for a pleasant sight.
Electric Picnic organisers say there has been a “wonderful improvement” in relation to the number of discarded tents at festival campsites compared to previous years.
The state of the campsites has cast something of a sour note on the days immediately after the festival in previous years, but organisers say that, to a certain extent, festival goers heeded concerns on single-use tents expressed in the run-up to Electric Picnic this year.
Organisers were particularly pleased with the response of those who stayed in the BYOE and Greta campsites and estimated an improvement of approximately 30 percent on tents taken home from campsites elsewhere, where pictures circulating on Monday showed tents and rubbish left behind again this year.
“This year, Electric Picnic festival director Melvin Benn urged Picnickers to take their tents home and we are very pleased to announce there has been a significant improvement on last year,” a statement read.
“With 8,000 pre-pitched campers in Pink Moon that all get reused and 1,500 in the BYOE campsite, where there was a record 100 percent of tents taken home with zero waste left behind, they left a spotless field.
“The new Greta campsite gave people the opportunity to stay in a cleaner campsite which had a huge response for its first year and zero tents or litter left in the disabled campsite. We also estimate that 30 percent more tents have been taken home from other campsites too, which, while it’s not 100 percent yet, it’s a wonderful improvement.
“In addition, 100 Field Agents of Change volunteers were in the campsites, helping festival goers pack up their tents and providing encouragement whilst educating them on how to be a zero-waste festival goer and the impacts of climate change.
“Thank you to everyone who took their tents home and all the volunteers who helped to make this happen.”
On Monday, it was revealed that, pending the go-ahead at a meeting with the relevant authorities on Tuesday, tickets for Electric Picnic 2020 will go on sale this Saturday (7 September).