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Eavis gets green award at MIDEM

By | Published on Tuesday 20 January 2009

Michael Eavis has been given MIDEM’s Green World award in recognition of Glastonbury’s environmental achievements.

The festival has become increasingly eco-conscious in recent years; in 2008 one million biodegradable tent pegs were distributed on site, whilst eight tonnes (eight tonnes?) of discarded wellington boots were sent to Senegal for reuse. Beer cups and plates used on the site are biodegradable, 50% of the rubbish generated is recycled, food waste is composted, and solar power is used to provide electricity.

Eavis is quoted as saying: “The farm is still the most important thing, to care about the fields and hedgerows. It’s a beautiful farm that is full of green life”.

At a press conference announcing the award, Eavis refused to reveal who the headliners for this year’s festival are, explaining that doing so might affect the band’s ticket sales for their other gigs, saying “They get proper money from their commercial concerts and festivals, they play for us for very little money, so it’s only fair that they should earn their money first. So I can’t spoil their ticket sales by announcing it”.