Leeds Festival to go plastic free

Leeds Festival will ban single-use plastics by 2021, promoter Live Nation has announced.

Tuesday, 9th July 2019, 8:48 am
Festival goers enjoy the Leeds Festival at Bramham Park in 2016 (Danny Lawson / PA Wire).

Glitter and cable ties, as well as single-use plastic drinks bottles, straws and toiletries, are also set to be banned.

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The ban will affect Live Nation's other festivals, including Download, Latitude, Reading and Wireless, with a long-term goal of making all Live Nation venues, clubs and concert halls zero-waste by 2030.

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Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation Entertainment: “Hosting over 35,000 concerts and festivals each year, Live Nation has the opportunity and responsibility to provide our artists and fans with a live music experience that protects our planet.

“The adverse effects of climate change are undeniable, and we want to use our place on the world stage to be part of the solution.

"Together our concerts, venues, festivals, and offices around the world are setting new sustainability standards for live events.”

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