Keep Britain Tidy have revealed that Glastonbury’s Gas Tower will be built from ten tonnes of plastic litter collected from beaches, parks and streets across the South-West.
Volunteer ‘#LitterHeroes’ are being recruited to collect the equivalent of a million plastic bottles, and anyone living in Cornwall, Devon or Somerset can apply. A ‘#RoadtoGlasto2019’ series of organised beach cleans will also take place starting at Stanbury Mouth this Saturday.
The plastic collected will be processed by Exeter City council then recycled into materials to build Shangri-La’s 360-degree dance arena.
Glastonbury have banned the sale of plastic bottles at this year’s festival and are encouraging fans to bring a reusable bottle.
Kaye Dunnings, Creative Director of Shangri-La said: “Team Shangri-La is thrilled to be a part of this important, pioneering project.
“Through our collaboration with Orca Sound and Keep Britain Tidy we are able to continue our explorations into finding sustainable solutions for our work in the festival and creative industries. A total game-changer!”
Keep Britain Tidy chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “This ground-breaking project will see tonnes of plastic removed from our environment – where it has such devastating consequences on our wildlife and marine life – and put to good use.
“By working together, we are showing the world that the plastic we no longer want or need can be recycled and turned into something that is both exciting and useful.”
For more information or to order a plastic collection bag, visit Keep Britain Tidy.
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