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“We just wondered ‘how the hell has that happened?'” – Glastonbury clean up team on the weirdest items found discarded at the festival

By | Published on Monday 8 July 2019

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Emily Eavis has said that there was a “huge improvement” in the amount of waste being left at the Glastonbury festival site this year, thanks in no small part to the event’s plastic bottle ban and less than 1% of tents being left behind.

So, without all the usual stuff left to contend with, the next thing to ask is this: what’s the weirdest shit you’ve ever found during the clean up operation? One litter picker has given a pretty literal response to that question.

“A poo in a bra, hanging in a tree”, says Andy Wilcott, who is in charge of recycling on site, and who has been talking to Somerset Live about the strangest items he’s found after past events. “We just wondered ‘how the hell has that happened?'”

You probably don’t want to wonder for too long though.

“We found a cannonball once, and we’ve found mannequins”, he adds, listing some slightly less perplexing items that were also left behind. “We find a lot of lost wallets and jewellery and millions of phones [too]. The lost property system is incredible. They try for months to return items. Phones can normally be returned”.

No word, though, on whether the bra owner ever got that back. Maybe they could have used it to launch that cannonball back to its rightful home. Or maybe not.