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10 Year Anniversary of Glastonbury Sweeper

Posted on 3rd July 2019

Glastonbury Clean Up

It is that time of year again when Magnet Sales helps to recover over two tonnes of metal after Glastonbury Festival.
The 10-year-old Magnetic Sweeper and tractor will, once again, sweep the 700-acre site four times picking up ferrous items of which the most common are tent pegs, gas canisters and one and two pence pieces. All the collected metals go to the local scrapyard for recycling.

Since its introduction, the magnetic sweeper has significantly reduced incidents of metal contamination and helps to ensure that 700 cows can return to grass as quickly as possible after the stampede of 200,000 partiers has passed through.
Effectively clearing the fields of metal rubbish is vital for the dairy herd who will often graze on the site within three or so weeks after the festival has ended. Removing metal with help from the magnet has reduced the incidence of cows ingesting metal by around 90 per cent.

Mr Eavis has described the magnetic operation as “one of the most important things that have been implemented during the past 15 years”.
He says: “The magnetic operation is very important for the day-to-day running of the farm. Anything left from the festival could potentially get into the cows’ feed so we do all we can to prevent this.”

We hope everyone who attended the festival had a great time!