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'festival tent' implies single-use - they're not

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It's the moment many of us dread at the end of every festival - taking down your tent and packing it up.

This is perhaps one reason why more than 250,000 tents get left behind in UK fields from Glastonbury to Reading and Leeds.

Now, more than 60 independent festivals are urging shops to stop marketing tents as single-use items.

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The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) says some places advertise them as 'festival tents,' which gives the impression that you only need to use them once.

It says the average tent is mostly made of plastic - which is equivalent to 8,750 straws or 250 pint cups. Major festivals like Reading already have a policy, where they advise people to buy a durable tent to use again each year.
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How should everyone solve this issue?
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I've worked at a few festivals as part of the security and each one has had people coming in to claim the left tents for different charity causes. So yeah leaving them is actually encouraged, unfortunately some people damage their tents by cutting or burning them. Leaving them in good condition means they go to the homeless, refugees or similar causes. Also some festivals run a rubbish collection scheme where if you collect a bag of rubbish you get cash or a token. Again yes we should be more responsible as individuals but the companies running these events can also play their part and some do.
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I've worked at a few festivals as part of the security and each one has had people coming in to claim the left tents for different charity causes. So yeah leaving them is actually encouraged, unfortunately some people damage their tents by cutting or burning them. Leaving them in good condition means they go to the homeless, refugees or similar causes. Also some festivals run a rubbish collection scheme where if you collect a bag of rubbish you get cash or a token. Again yes we should be more responsible as individuals but the companies running these events can also play their part and some do.
They should clean them , dry them pack them up good and give them to charity not leave them for someone else to pack up.
The so called green students are lazy shits.
When they finish uni they will be still lazy shits that do t want to do full days work. They will sit on a office work parttime 36 hour week or less but still thing those that work in factory jobs or building site should work 40 hours a week.
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The problem is not marketing a tent as single-use, nothing single-use should even remotely mean that you can leave it behind. It probably isn't the festivals responsibility either to make adults clean up after themselves. The problem is, not thinking of others and the environment and only caring about having a good time.
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It doesn’t matter if you call it a festival tent or not - if you sell it cheap enough people will see it as disposable. We live in a society where people want things quickly and as cheap as possible - and then not think of the consequences. Perhaps give festival goers the option of leaving their tent packed up and ready to reuse for the homeless or another camping ground? Perhaps then they would be less likely to trash them.
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This from the generation that blames the previous one for ruining the planet. I was a camper & festival goer 30 odd years ago, being completely honest there was probably a bit of litter left behind by some people (not my friends and I, we always took everything back with us) but we never saw anything like this! Absolutely disgusting behaviour. The root of our disposable society is greed, companies make more money by selling more product. Buying quality products that can be used for years (and lent to friends) needs to become the norm again.
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Each camper should camp in their own numbered bay and have to pay a big deposit for the privilege. This numbered bay would be allocated through their ticket number (therefore traceable to the individual). After the event, their deposit is refunded only after a warden has checked their patch for cleanliness. If they leave their rubbish, then they should be banned from attending the festival the following year (as well as losing their deposit!).
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Each camper should camp in their own numbered bay and have to pay a big deposit for the privilege. This numbered bay would be allocated through their ticket number (therefore traceable to the individual). After the event, their deposit is refunded only after a warden has checked their patch for cleanliness. If they leave their rubbish, then they should be banned from attending the festival the following year (as well as losing their deposit!).
I think that would be a great idea! Always thought festivals need to start implanting something like that.
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Or maybe humans should show more respect and clean up after themselves
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One should have enough responsibility to clean after themselves and to give something back in any way. If you can party hard don't be lazy to party some more by cleaning up ;) Responsibility!
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Why not collect the tents, clean them, sell them on the internet or real life for profit? Maybe not the MOST profit but i bet someone would gain from these free tents. Suprised there aren't any smart wooks out there
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