The throw-away society we are bringing children up in
Reading Festival showed a huge disregard for money, waste and possessions, and even more for the expectations that ‘others’ will clear up after us.
Up to 60 food bags have been handed out to rough sleepers after volunteers collected left behind food after the festival.
The charity picking up all the mess is called New Beginnings and was utterly shocked by the mess.
They collected 25 tents and 60 sleeping bags
The food bags will be handed out in Reading from an alcohol-free community hug, The Queens Arms in Reading.
Thousands of tents are abandoned at festivals each year, but it is not always a post-festival laziness or bad weather that causes this, the festival goers honestly believe that their tents will be donated to charities.
Unfortunately, 90% go into landfill or the incinerators, explains Matt Wedge who is the director of Festival Waste Reclamations & Distribution.
He explains that the number of tents being left is rising. Leeds festival 2018 left behind around 7,000 tents, Reading left behind 14,000.
Luckily this year was a record year for salvagers, with 930 individuals coming in to collect and distribute reusable items such as tents and food stuffs.
They were donated to organisations such as Girl Guides, Sea Cadets, and Help for Refugees.
One of the other reasons, besides a hope the tent goes to a new home, is that the tents are so cheap, the youth can afford to throw them away. The youngsters may see them as ‘disposable tent’ to use, trash and leave.
The thought of dismantling a tent on a Monday morning, hungover and tired, obviously is far too much for festival goers who must be SO financially secure to not need to bother.
A Greener festival also identified that 60% of tents left behind were broken, as they were made badly and cheaply.
This really does not sit very well with the plastic debates.
It is a festival myth, that it is now alright to leave your tent because they all go to charity.