Electric Picnic festival-goers asked to "leave no trace" by environmental charity 10 months ago

Electric Picnic festival-goers asked to "leave no trace" by environmental charity

Clean up after yourselves.

Environmental group Friends of the Earth had a strong presence at Electric Picnic this weekend for the fourth year in a row with 160 Green Messengers on hand to divert as much waste as possible from landfills and incinerators into recycling and composting facilities.

Now, they are appealing for festival-goers to do the right thing and not leave waste behind them in Stradbally.

The organisation's Cara Augustenborg said: "Waste is a huge problem at music festivals because people bring inexpensive camping gear and leave it behind, often mistakenly believing it will go to charity.

"After witnessing the sad state of the concert site following last year's Electric Picnic, we’re appealing to festival-goers to take home their camping gear and be responsible about their waste before they hit the road.

"Our volunteers have been talking to people in the Picnic campsites all weekend, asking them to leave no trace of their presence in beautiful Stradbally as festivals around the world now encourage their audiences to do."

Last year, Electric Picnic generated 10kg of waste per person (588 tonnes in total). Similarly, on average, one in six festival-goers simply leave their tents behind. Up to half of the waste at EP consists of tents.