Glastonbury grub saved from waste

17 September 2014

Volunteers from FareShare South West braved mud and traffic to save two tonnes of food from waste at the end of this year’s Glastonbury festival.

170,000 festival goers descended on the Worthy Farm site over the June weekend – more than double the population of Bath – and were fed by 474 local catering companies serving everything from sushi to pulled pork.

Each year, many tonnes of perfectly edible food are left over when the festival draws to a close. This year, for the first time, FareShare South West collected fruit, vegetables, bread and hummus and redistributed it to charities feeding vulnerable people in the local area. These included Windsor Hill Wood hostel in Shepton Mallet, Elim Connect hostel in Wells, and YMCA in Burnham-on-Sea.

Lucy Smith, Green Issues Coordinator for Glastonbury Festival said: “We are really pleased that FareShare South West have been able to collect the trader’s surplus food waste and redistribute it amongst local charitable organization after this year’s festival.”

Glastonbury is the latest addition to FareShare South West’s Festival Food Recycling Service. The Festival Food Recycling Service was launched last summer when the Fareshare South West team saved surplus food at UK festivals including Shambala and Bestival.



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