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  1. They sell commemorative / collapsible cups - are they expensive? If we're targetting the slightly mindless masses rather than people who already care - perhaps they would use something like this but wouldn't be prepared to pay for it? If they were issued for free on entry maybe some would be converted over to the light side, or at least make them think about the problem a little bit
  2. Crikey, it's not often I'm the most optimistic person in a room! (Naive, maybe often though, I'll take that). It sort of feels to me like festivals are a microcosm for the rest of the world - if you can sort it out there you can scale it up everywhere else. I saw this article about reverse vending machines at festivals (and also some supermarkets) - you put your empty bottle in the machine and get a 10p deposit back. https://www.edie.net/news/5/Co-op-to-host-reverse-vending-machines-for-plastic-bottles-at-UK-festivals/ Apparently they had these at Reading though and there were still plenty of bottles left behind in the campsites there. It does say when you dig down into it that it's only for bottles bought from the Co-op on-site (presumably because you need to have paid the deposit in the first place). Could something like this work in the arena areas with the biodegradable cups? Put 'em in a computerised bin and get 10p - doesn't matter if it was your cup or whether you want to buy another drink - and you don't have to queue up and talk to a person to get the money (although it would probably be a printed voucher rather than cold hard cash). Another flaw with the actual bottle machines described in the article is that the thought of trudging across potentially many campsite for the sake of 10p might not appeal - especially when the alternative could be my idea of watching them get crushed into cubes by an industrial crusher. The logic behind this is that I like watching cars get crushed into cubes, and there is the 'Will it blend?' channel on youtube - people like watching stuff get messed up, and everyone liked Wall-E right? (Are there crushers at Glasto? I've seen comments about how they deal with all of the waste on site but don't know any details - do you get to watch and do you think this would incentivise normal people to bring their rubbish? Obviously some thought would need to go into safeguarding the machinery.)
  3. Roughly the same size as Brighton, or so they say! Or do they? Having googled that it may be pap.
  4. Haha, I've outed myself, lol. I don't really like crowds or camping. I do like music though (being not a complete monster). I saw the mess left behind after Reading this year and it's really terrible, I want to find ways to make it better. I'm feeling slightly ridiculous now, but we do all live on the same planet
  5. I've got an idea that if they gave you a nice, festival branded cup (i.e. with Glastonbury 2020 on it) people might reuse it over the weekend then take it home as a souvenir (some people anyway). I went to a cider festival once and they gave you a really nice laser etched glass on the way in for you to use and keep, and I thought that was pretty cool. You can also get collapsible cups made of silicone or stainless steel, which might be good at a festival - when you're done drinking and want to pogo you can fold it up and stuff it in a bag or pocket. It might get a bit sticky, though maybe the lid helps with that. The review for this particular one on Amazon does say it's a bit prone to collapsing mid-use, but maybe you can get good ones.
  6. The trouble with just saying that attitudes need to change is how do you make that happen? Are you going to go around with a loudhailer shouting in people's faces? I think some real thought needs to go into understanding why people do it and attempting to address some of the legitimate difficulties. Would it be impossible to hire some vehicles? No. Would it be tricky to reunite people with their luggage if they travellled separately? Probably. Would it work better the second year, once they'd worked some of the kinks out? Probably. Is it better than doing nothing and hoping the problem just goes away on it's own? I take your point that maybe people would just end up bringing even more stuff, but there must be an upper limit to how much anybody would want to bring. And sometimes I do waver in my belief that technology and incentives are the way forward, education and/or a short sharp kick in the bum might be more effective!
  7. It's a good idea, and there's different options for what sort of vehicle to use. Actual buses might be a bit big and awkward - there is a danger of running over people exiting on foot. I think they could use those cheesy land trains you get in tourist traps, or look at something similar to how airlines deal with luggage (those luggage buggies pulled by a quad bike or something). As for the trolleys, I think a system like Boris Bikes could work, where you rent a trolley between the campsite and transport links (it'd have to be monetised or people would just dump or nick the trolleys).
  8. Hi all, it's another poll on tent abandonment! I hope none of the options are offensive, I really was just trying to list every potential reason I could think of. If you liked this poll it is the second of probably three. If you didn't like it, it is also still the second of probably three.
  9. I accidentally called him Jacob Rees Log yesterday and we're sticking with it in my household, he has all the manners and grace of an unflushable turd
  10. It's not surprising they focus on the 'pop-up' aspect in the name and not on the wrestling-it-back-down-and-hoping-it-doesn't-pop-back-up-and-smack-you-in-the-face aspect, lol.
  11. Maybe that is part of the problem at Reading, which has a strong teenage attendance, it's their first festival and they didn't know what to bring so brought way too much. They got all that stuff there in the first place though, and it's a smaller site and pancake flat, so they get less sympathy on the hills front. Maybe the festival should send them a packet of information on what stuff really isn't worth bringing, and a reminder that all that cheap stuff is only cheap because it's made in Chinese sweatshops, then shipped halfway round the world for them to use for all of 5 minutes before dumping. Could also remind them Reading has a fairly big homeless population and people using food banks, their leftover food could really help people in need. I guess it's hard to talk about these things without bringing the mood down though, and it's supposed to be a weekend of not worrying/caring about anything.
  12. Haha, I love this, is it worse to be super shit for a big crowd or the same amount of shit but with a small crowd? With a small crowd, if it's a finite amount of shit that gets served up like a pie it works out as more shit per person to deal with. Or is it more like a contagion - the more people exposed to it the shittier it is?
  13. Excellent, thanks! I've launched a poll about tents (a tent poll, ahahaha) on the Reading Festival board and I've got a few replies, which is pretty exciting. I'm planning on doing a few more polls as well, so hopefully I can weed out some of the crappier ideas and get back to you. In what capacity do you attend the meeting if you don't mind me asking, do you work for the council or are you on the festival organisation side? Actually perhaps you shouldn't answer that, either way I will probably send you loads of questions, lol!
  14. This is a fairly depressing way to look at it - if everyone tidied up their own mess they wouldn't have to pay for armies of litter pickers and heavy machinery to clear the site and they could spend that money on stuff that made the festival better, like ice machines or space-hoppers or something (I don't know if those things would actually make a festival better but you get the idea). Or the festival would have been cheaper in the first place. Also, yes the festival pays people to clear up but I would say they do it in a fairly unsatisfactory way - with everything getting incinerated or landfilled instead of recycled or reused (with the exception of the tiny fraction that can be salvaged by what is a very small number of volunteers compared to the amount of waste left behind - at festivals other than G'bury this year).
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