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The Wastage Problem   with Festivals

2020 to 2021 has certainly been a rough year for indoor and outdoor festivals. With the UK slowly starting to open, there has been a high demand for tickets as festivalgoers are excited to return. In fact, according to Reticket, who surveyed 140,000 festivalgoers, 79% of respondents stated they would go to a live event between June and August.   

With high demand, tickets are selling fast, but there is continued concern around wastage and the mess left behind following a festival. Through the last festival season, it’s estimated that 23,500 tonnes of waste were produced by events across the UK. To put that into perspective, it’s about the same weight as 78 fully loaded Boeing 747 jumbo jets.

After a festival finishes, there is usually a brigade of litter pickers to try to clean up the venue. Festival-goers discard sleeping bags, tents and many other items that would take years and years to decay. There have been many strategies to combat the issue, most notably Glastonbury banning single-use plastic drink bottles.   

Several festivals have incorporated aluminium cans to help ease the pressure on the environment as well as bans on plastic plates, cups, straws and cutlery.   

Stack Cup is passionate about all things related to recycling and the environment. Our reusable plastic glasses remove the need for cup carriers and trays, decreasing queuing times for customers. The Stack Cup range has been launched and implemented across stadiums, festivals and major events.   

We make reusable schemes simple for our customers, we offer a full personalisation service allowing you to customise your cups to your needs and our global partner, Hobart, helps wash and dry millions of cups in the cleanest, fastest, and most sustainable way possible.   

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us: James Roles for the UK market at james.roles@stack-cup.com +44 (0) 7917 064 705

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