As Glastonbury closes for another year, all that's left is the massive clean-up operation

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The quantity of rubbish produced in one weekend by 135,000 Glastonbury-goers has to be seen to be believed.

Around 800 litter-pickers are now descending on the site to remove thousands of tons of rubbish - 60% of which organisers are hoping to recycle.

In 2014 Glastonbury recycled 114 tonnes of composted organic waste, 400 tonnes of chipped wood, 23 tonnes of glass, 85 tonnes of cans and plastic bottles, 41 tonnes of cardboard, 162 tonnes of scrap metal, 11.2 tonnes of clothing, tents, sleeping bags, 0.264 tonnes of batteries, 3 tonnes of dense plastic.

In all, 983 tonnes - or 54% - of the site's waste was recycled or diverted from landfill.

Many people buy tents and leave them on site, so organisers are trying to persuade them that "a tent is for life not just for a festival".

They say: "Spend a little extra and buy yourself a tent that is going to last you a lifetime of camping experiences rather than just a festival or summer."

The estimated cost of the post-Glastonbury clean-up comes to around £780,000. This is money which would otherwise be given to Water Aid, Greenpeace or Oxfam – who are the main recipients of any profits made by the festival.

Bins filled to bursting Credit: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

In terms of crime, Avon and Somerset Police have said that this year's festival has seen the lowest crime figures in recent years, with 216 crimes reported compared to 246 last year.

A spokesman said 75 arrests had been made, mainly for thefts from tents and drugs offences.

Ambulance staff meanwhile reported that the muddy fields - caused by the usual intermittent downpours - were responsible for causing dislocations and fractures as campers battled through the slippery fields and pathways. Heat stroke and burns were also common.

The exodus begins Credit: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez