The great Glastonbury clean-up begins as rubbish is str

Work is underway to clear up a sea of plastic bottles left strewn across Glastonbury this year - despite a ban on single-use plastic at the event which was backed by Sir David Attenborough in a surprise appearance. 

Around 200,000 revellers have been at the site over the past five days and attempts to make it a 'plastic-free' festival have come undone judging by the mounds of debris left behind at Worthy Farm.  

It comes despite climate change and the environment being the theme of the festival and repeated pleas from organisers for music-lovers to 'love the farm and leave no trace'.

The official Glastonbury Twitter account last night also urged music lovers to 'leave this beautiful countryside in the state that it deserves' ahead of a six-week clear-up operation. 

Meanwhile Sir David, 93, appeared on the Pyramid Stage yesterday to throw his weight behind the anti-plastic campaign and thank the festival for ditching it, with his words appearing to fall on deaf ears.

Highlights of the musical extravaganza in Pilton, Somerset, have included headliners Stormzy, The Killers and The Cure as well as performances from Kylie Minogue and Lewis Capaldi. 

Clear-up work is getting underway at Glastonbury this morning after revellers left rubbish strewn about Worthy Farm, pictured

Clear-up work is getting underway at Glastonbury this morning after revellers left rubbish strewn about Worthy Farm, pictured

Plastic bottles have been seen left lying around despite Glastonbury organisers banning the sale of them at this year's festival and making the environment the theme of the festival

Plastic bottles have been seen left lying around despite Glastonbury organisers banning the sale of them at this year's festival and making the environment the theme of the festival

Canisters once containing nitrous oxide, aka 'hippy crack' were among the debris strewn around the Somerset site

Canisters once containing nitrous oxide, aka 'hippy crack' were among the debris strewn around the Somerset site

More than 1,000 volunteers are at the site now clearing up waste, pictured, but it could take six weeks to shift it all

More than 1,000 volunteers are at the site now clearing up waste, pictured, but it could take six weeks to shift it all

Bins have been overflowing with cans, paper and food waste while organisers have pleaded with revellers to take all of their own camping equipment with them

Bins have been overflowing with cans, paper and food waste while organisers have pleaded with revellers to take all of their own camping equipment with them

David Attenborough, 93, addressed the masses on the Pyramid stage at the Glastonbury Festival this afternoon where he rallied against ocean pollution

David Attenborough, 93, addressed the masses on the Pyramid stage at the Glastonbury Festival this afternoon where he rallied against ocean pollution

Organisers previously urged those attending to bring sturdy tents and return home with them, instead of dumping them at the end of the event.

In an interview with the Glastonbury Free Press on Sunday, Emily Eavis said: 'I really hope they will.

'We've made so many positive strides with our green campaigns this year.

'It's incredible to think that there will be one million fewer plastic bottles for the planet to deal with because we've stopped selling them.

'The most eye opening part of the weekend for me was not seeing any plastic bottles in the bins or on the ground.

'I think people are really starting to understand how important it is to treat the land with respect, and to stop living a disposable lifestyle.'

There were more than one million plastic drinks bottles sold at the festival in 2017, and zero sold in 2019.

Sir David's rallying cry came as festival-goers slammed the Somerset farm site last night as 'disgusting' and shamed their fellow attendees for chucking rubbish to the ground - sometimes just metres away from a bin. 

In his speech to thousands of fans from the Pyramid Stage, Sir David said: 'There was one sequence in Blue Planet II which everyone seems to remember. It is one in which we showed what plastic has done to the creatures that live in the ocean. It

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