Once again after everyone has left the site, we see the same scenario at the Electric Picnic as previous years. It is heartbreaking to see the utter waste and total chaos after the departure of festival goers. Is the Electric Picnic going to confront this problem - or once again stick its head in the mountain of rubbish whilst counting its soiled profits..
Here's an idea...As it seems that many of the folks attending EP have a total and utter disregard for their own space, then let's throw the responsibility back at the Electric Picnic itself. To tackle the cheap tents, cheap sleeping bags and throwaway culture - charge an entry deposit of 25 Euro per person, returnable when evidence is shown on departure, of sleeping bags, mats and tents being taken away.
Yes, yes but how much more time and money this would take...
You have the profits and even if you lose a number of previous customers, you may well gain new ones who will only admire the stance that EP has taken to tackle its dirty post-festival image.
Annie Holland is an Irish artist and photographer currently engaged in artworks that tackle and highlight, the growing problems of plastic pollution.