It’s a festival necessity that many first-timers dread. Festival toilets can lead to some people longing to be back at home.
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There are many things to look forward to when attending Glastonbury Festival - from the spectacular music to spending time with close ones. However, the toilets are not one of them.
A long weekend of camping means that temporary toilets are the order of the day. First-timers often dread needing to go to the loo given that they’re used by thousands of festival-goers every day.
Ensuring there is a plentiful supply of toilets is an arduous task in itself, and one that can often be overlooked. It takes months to arrange and organise the toilets for the entire festival.
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Glastonbury Festival states that all their loos have either hand washing or hand sanitiser facilities. Here are all the types of toilets that you’ll be confronted with while listening to some of the nation’s favourite musical acts.
A tradition of Glastonbury Festival, long drops are lockable and open air. Even more have been built this year and there are now over 2,000 of these varieties across the site.
A further 1,300 toilets can be found in the form of compost loos - more than 1,100 of those are supplied by toilet provider Natural Event. Users are advised that only toilet paper should be put down a compost loo while sawdust (which is located outside the loos) should be sprinkled after a ‘number 2’.
There are fewer plastic portable loos than ever on-site. But if you do come across one, you are advised to make sure you flush before and after each use due to them becoming easily blocked.
Throughout the site, and on viewing platforms at the main stages, there are wheelchair accessible toilets. To avoid them being mistreated, they are locked and if you are registered disabled and require the use of these toilets, you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of the festival’s commencement.
Over 700 metres of male urinals are dotted around the site. On top of that, there are also some ‘lovingly decorated’ female urinals, where WaterAid volunteers will be on hand to assist newcomers. For 2022’s running of the event, there are two of these sites - one at the bottom of Hen House Lane by the Pyramid Stage and one in the Kings Meadow (Stone Circle).
Both of these urinals will have two compost toilets with washing facilities installed so that reusable sanitary products can be cleaned and used.
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