By Chloe HarcombeBBC News, West of England

“Love the farm, leave no trace,” organisers said

Large piles of rubbish built up after last year’s festival

The organisers of Glastonbury Festival are urging attendees to bring “sturdy camping equipment” which can be taken home and reused after this year’s event.

Around 200,000 people are expected to descend on Worthy Farm in Somerset when the five-day festival begins on 26 June.

Every year, hundreds of volunteers and workers help to clean the site after the festival to return the farm to its previous condition.

“Love the farm, leave no trace”, organisers said.

In a statement, they added: “If you are coming to Glastonbury 2024, please remember to only bring sturdy camping equipment that you can take home again and reuse.

“In 2023, 98% of all tents were taken home. Let’s see if we can beat that this year.”

Ahead of the festival, photos of the site in its current, clean state have been shared on social media.

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Typically, more than 2,000 tonnes of waste is produced on the site during the festival.

Steps have been taken to reduce the amount of rubbish generated, with a ban on the sale of plastic bottles introduced in 2019.

The festival also only permits the use of compostable or reusable plates, cutlery and straws.

Organisers said the amount of leftover waste had decreased after the new rules were introduced, compared to 10 years ago.

Dua Lipa, SZA and Coldplay will headline this year’s festival, before the clean-up begins on 1 July.

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