Reading cashes in on festival trash

Reading Festival rubbish
Image caption Metal from camping chairs contributed in large part to the metal recycling

Twelve tonnes of metal waste and unused VIP tents worth £2,000 found at the Reading Festival site will contribute towards a town community project.

A Reading residents association will hold its first nearly-new sale of camping goods found on site as well as raise funds from the metal recycling.

Money raised will go towards the £500,000 refurbishment of Mapledurham Playing Fields Pavilion near the site.

Bags of clothes and food will be donated to a Reading charity.

'Sheep onesie'

The Warren and District Residents Association (WADRA) approached festival organisers Festival Republic after realising the discarded items on site would be a "great opportunity" to raise funds.

Image caption Any unused or nearly-new items discarded on site will be sold

Festival Republic agreed and also pledged £25,000 towards the pavilion project.

A 60-person clear-up crew spent two days collecting metal as well as more than 100 tents, 75 sleeping bags, mattresses, camping stoves, camping chairs, torches and wellies.

They got to keep some of the items they found, which have this year included designer sunglasses, branded trainers and 50 cans of beer and cider.

Many unused items were found in the corporate hospitality area, including 10 six-man tents worth about £200 each, Elisa Miles from WADRA said.

Unusual items found include costumes such as a sheep onesie and a Lycra beer bottle.

More practical clothes have been collected in bags along with blankets and tinned food to donate to Reading Launch Pad, a charity for vulnerable adults.

WADRA's nearly new camping gear sale takes place on Sunday at the Mapledurham Playing Fields Pavilion.

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