Y Not recycle? Peak District festival goes greener for 2019

Stage at Y Not Festival 2018 @Max Miechowski

Y Not Festival has new plans to reduce on-site rubbish at this summer's shindig.

Festivals can have a big environmental impact, most visibly when it comes to litter and discarded camping kit (Hubbub reckons eleven tonnes of tents, sleeping bags and the like were abandoned at festivals in 2015). So props to Y Not Festival for announcing some new ideas to keep its beautiful patch of the Peak District tidy.

First up, the festival's Keep The Peaks Green campaign will see all ticket bookings include a compulsory £10 deposit – a Litter Bond – which will be reimbursed when you hand in a bag of rubbish. Pack up your rubbish, get a tenner: easy.

Secondly, and excitingly for lazybones festival-goers, there's a whole camping area where the tent will be pitched for you and packed away after you leave.

Y Not Festival Andy Hughes

The 14th outing for the Y Not Festival see all single-use plastics prohibited for traders and a deposit return scheme where you get 10p for every cup collected and handed in.

"We are lucky enough to have the stunning setting of the Peak District as our site and so it’s integral that we protect it for years to come," says the organiser of Y Not Festival.

The line-up for Y Not Festival 2019 (July 25th to 28th) is yet to be announced, but last year featured the Manic Street Preachers, The Libertines, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Kaiser Chiefs, so it should be good.

[pics: @Max Miechowski and @Andy Hughes]

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