Glastonbury 2017

Glastonbury rolls round once again.

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It’s a good job we like festivals at Tardis, we certainly provide plant to enough of them and again this year we found ourselves at Glastonbury but in our case three weeks before any of the artistes, delivering waste tanks as oft we do.

 

Tardis waste tanks for Glastonbury

One lorry load of waste tanks for the festival

There’s still an air of magic about the place especially when you catch a glimpse of the iconic pyramid stage, but the sheer size of the place and the acres of rolling green countryside is certainly as impressive.

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The first festival was held in 1970 and headlined by T Rex who according to Chris Evans on the wireless this morning, were paid in milk.

Ticket price back then was a pound.

Famous as we are in our own right for portable toilets, we note that in 1999, the Manic Street Preachers caused a little bit of an upset by putting a notice on a portable toilet declaring it exclusively for their use.

In 2002, forty thousand tubes of sun block were handed out by the welfare tent.

1987 was the year of the trouser thieves.  Overnight, hundreds of pairs were stolen from tents and of course anything of value in the pockets removed by scallywags.  Next day trouserless men and women were seen wandering around the site.  Many of the stolen pants were discovered dumped in a muddy ditch

In 2007, it was reported that there were 2,485 miles of toilet paper on the site, enough to stretch from London to Baghdad.

30 Megawatts  of electricity is consumed at the festival, that’s enough to power a city the size of Bath.

In 2004, Paul McCartney was fined £ 1000 by the local council for playing past the curfew.

The iconic pyramid stage made its first appearance in 1971 and was made of corrugated sheeting and scaffolding poles.

The second incarnation came along in 1981 and doubled as a cowshed in winter. It burned to the ground in 1991.

Rising from the ashes in the year 2000, the third stage appeared and is based on the great pyramid at Giza in Egypt. It is 40 metres x 40 metres and is constructed from materials approved by Greenpeace.

The rolling Stones, Radiohead, Oasis, Tom Jones, Paul Weller Peter Gabrial, Dame Shirley Bassey (and her pink diamond emblazoned Wellies), David Bowie and the Who are just a few of the big names who’ve performed on this iconic stage

Did you know, that there are over a hundred stages at the festival ?

If like us, you don’t actually get there, there’s excellent coverage across the BBCs TV, radio and digital platforms, so you can bop til you drop (as you young folk say) in the privacy of your own home, garden or down the pub.

This year’s line up includes:

Radiohead, Kris Kristofferson, Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Barry Gibb, The Pretenders, Liam Gallagher, The Jacksons, Hot House Flowers, Andy Fairweather – Low (and the Low Riders) and of course hundreds or other acts across the site.

Did you also know, that the cows who live on the farm the year round, are shipped off on their holidays to make way for the festival goers? In fact we didn’t see any when we were delivering waste tanks three weeks ago.

Time magazine named organiser Micheal Eavis as one of the most influential people on the planet, to which he responded, “I’ve got cows to sort out”.

However you’ll be taking in “Glasto” this year, enjoy the entertainment and at the time of writing, it looks set to be a mud free one.

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Useful links for Glastonbury 2017

The official Glastonbury website

Impressive BBC Glastonbury 2017 site

 

All set for Glastonbury

Glastonbury official banner c/o Glastonbury official website

Yes, Tardis is doing Glastonbury again, well actually we’ve already done it, right by the iconic pyramid stage too !

Pyramid stage at Glasto

The iconic pyramid stage at Glastonbury

In our case, despite having our banjo and washboards ready to give the performance of a lifetime, we were delivering waste tanks for use during the festival, forty eight of them to be precise.

 

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Second load of waste tanks for Glastonbury

First thing that shocks about Glastonbury site, is the sheer size. It’s enormous to say the least.

We arrived with the second batch of waste tanks, issued a special delivery pass by the organisers and then waited in a large compound to be guided to where the tanks were needed.

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Friendly gate security pic c/o Glastonbury official website

Shortly after, a friendly lad named Jason led us through acres of green farmland to a location right by the pyramid stage, where we unloaded the tanks and they put ID markers on them so they wouldn’t get lost when utilised around the festival site.

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Jason unloads the tanks from the lorry

With three weeks to go, the site was pretty busy all over and well organised.

Our banjo and washboard medley rejected on the grounds of talent, or lack of it, this year’s confirmed line up includes:

Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Barry Gibb, Katy Perry, Kriss Kristofferson, The Jacksons to name just the ones we’ve heard of.

This year, there’s over a hundred stages and supporting such worthy causes as WaterAid, Oxfam and Greenpeace.

Here at Tardis, we’ve a theory, based on the fact we saw nothing but green grass and firm ground everywhere we went on the site.  Therefore, they must ship all that mud in for people to wallow in.

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Offloading the lorry with the iconic pyramid stage in the background

It’s only a theory and like all of those like us who don’t have tickets for the entertainment, we’ll be watching out for the mud and the superb musical performances coming from Worthy Farm from the 21st to the 25th of June.

Glastonbury official site: http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/

 

Glastonbury spells the end for the Tardis Toilet ?

Tardis portable toilets

The eponymous Tardis toilet

There’s been a lot in the media of late about Glastonbury, the world’s biggest music festival. One story which caught our attention was the decision of the organisers to stop using the traditional “tardis” loo in favour of greener and more organic sanitation.

To clarify, Tardis Environmental hasn’t broken its longstanding relationship with Glastonbury’s organisers, in fact the week before last, we were there delivering waste tanks to the site, which many of the toilets and shower units drain into.

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A lottry load of Tardis waste tanks arrives at Glastonbury

Like any responsible organiser who’s activities make an environmental impact, Glastonbury are employing methods in many of its areas of operation to minimise the environmental impact on the land where the festival takes place each year.

We’ve supplied Tardis loos for 25 years

We were amused and somewhat flattered, when even Chris Evans on the radio referred to the toilets on the site as Tardis toilets, nice to think the item on which our company was founded 25 years ago is becoming as familiar a term as something say “Hoover”.

Here come the facts…

There will still be 5000 toilets on the Glastonbury fields including more than 700 metres of urinals they’ve even got these for ladies now, we kid you not.

As you know, we’re in the business of disposing “the business” nationwide 365 days a year, so our methods are ethical and legal and well documented.

Here’s a link to how we go about it around the land, showing how it is all disposed of at authorised STWs (Sewage Treatment Works) all controlled by electronic fob ID, the waste measured graded and properly processed.

The first Glastonbury festival took place in 1970 and was headlined by T Rex (which many of our readers will be too young to remember but Keith says were great as he saw them live in 1974).

All residents in the nearby village of Pilton get a free ticket to the festival.

1987 was the year of the trouser thieves. Hundreds of pairs stolen from tents and their pockets picked by miscreants.  Next day, the site was awash with trouserless people, though later the garments were found discarded in a muddy ditch.

In 1987, 2,485 miles of toilet paper was on site which is enough to stretch from London to Baghdad, though attendees had other uses for it.

The now famous pyramid stage made its debut in 1981 and originally was constructed from telegraph poles and corrugated metal. The rest of the year, it doubled as a cow shed.

This year’s line up includes: Adele, Coldplay, Jeff Lynn’s ELO, New Order, ZZ Top who only Keith in the Tardis office knew !  Art Garfunkel and many others who he’d not heard of.

Unlike the good folk of Pilton, us Tardis bods did not get free tickets, so we’ll be watching it at home on telly with a bottle of Tizer or two.

If you’re amongst the lucky ones to be there, send us some pics.

Summer is here!

It’s been a busy year already here at Tardis Environmental with the planning of festivals and events across the UK.

From portable toilet hire to drinking water delivery, we’ve got the festival and events season sorted.

Now the Summer has officially started in Britain, we thought we would have a look at exciting events to come.

This weekend, one of the UK’s largest music festivals, Glastonbury takes place. We have already delivered 45 waste tanks to the site in preparation for the music festival to begin.

Glastonbury Waste Tanks Delivery

Glastonbury Waste Tanks Delivery

Our waste tanks are available for both sale and hire, are the ideal temporary waste storage device, and can be buried or sited beneath toilet blocks, shower blocks, canteens, etc.

The next event on the calendar is the Silverstone Grand Prix taking place between 3rd and 5th July. On a recent post, we mentioned the portable toilets we would be delivering to a nearby camping site.

Portable toilet hire is probably what we are best known for. Our self-contained portable toilets do not need a connection to any other service so are ideal for events of all sizes and all locations. We would however recommend servicing to keep them hygienic and fresh.

Portable toilet Hire

Along with portable toilet hire, we can also offer portable urinals providing a solution for male users. Our 4-bay and 6-bay portable urinals would reduce the queues significantly, giving visitors more chance to enjoy the goings on.

For a complete sanitation system, particularly for events taking place over a few days, portable shower hire is also available. This would allow for people to stay fresh and clean throughout. Waste from the portable shower units can then be dispensed into a drain, soakaway or your could hire a waste tank.

On the second weekend in July, we will be delivering yet more portable toilets – to the Hyper Japan Festival held at the O2 as well as 10 waste tanks to the Milton Keynes Bowl, a Live Nation event.

Finally, on the 1st August the Leicester Caribbean Carnival takes place. If you are attending, look out for Tardis portable toilets!

How else can Tardis Environmental help?

Many festivals and outdoor events are situated where there is no access to a mains water supply. At any event the availability of clean drinking water is important.

We already offer event water supply to many types of festivals and events nationwide.

Whether you chose to hire a water bowser or water tank, require delivery of clean drinking water to existing water storage on site or would prefer bottled drinking water – we have an event water supply to suit your needs.

Bulk Water Delivery

Bulk Water Delivery

If it’s portable toilet hire, waste tanks, bulk water delivery or information on any of the other services we offer you require, call our friendly sales team on 0800 731 0589.

Visit the Tardis Environmental website today.

Tardis Environmental can help in more ways than one

With summer on its way there are lots of fun things going on around the UK!

There are a number of things to remember to organise when hosting outdoor events, festivals, a party, sporting events and even weddings. So it helps if you can organise a few things in one place!

Organising an event can be a stressful time. At Tardis Environmental, we offer many useful services that can help with preparing and the smooth running of your event including:

  • Portable toilet hire
  • Portable shower hire
  • Waste tank hire
  • Waste tank emptying
  • Bulk water delivery
  • Water bowsers and water tanks hire
  • Water coolers
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Road sweepers
Portable Toilet Hire

Portable Toilet Hire

We recently took an order to supply 10 waste tanks to the Milton Keynes National Bowl, a Live Nation event taking place in July 2015. The outdoor carnival includes a number of stages with music and performers, fair rides, fireworks and more.

And that’s not all; we are already covering a number of exciting events this summer, which include the Leicester Caribbean Carnival, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, camping at the Silverstone Grand Prix and delivering 45 waste tanks to Glastonbury.

Delivery Waste Tanks to Glastonbury

Delivery Waste Tanks to Glastonbury

Whether hosting a small local event or a larger event take a look at our website to see what Tardis Environmental can offer you.

If you are unsure of what your requirements are or would like a quote, contact our friendly sales team on 0800 731 0589 who are always happy to help.

Let us know what you’re getting up to this summer – tweet us at @TardisEnviro or search ‘Tardis Environmental Ltd’ on Facebook.

 

Who’s going to Glastonbury ? Tardis is !

Waste tanks for Glastonbury 

It’s a logistical nightmare to prepare a well organised festival for 175,000+ revelers, caterers and musicians alike.

We’ve been there before, got the T shirt and we’re there again this year.

A total of 45 waste tanks 600 gallon capacity some of which you can see being delivered by big yellow and green Tardis lorry.

Tardis delivers to Glastonbury 2015

Waste tanks for Glastonbury

The festival’s come a long way since 1970 when 1,500 people paid a pound a head to see T Rex. Now, it’s part of the nation’s summer events calendar.

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Another load delivered

Here’s some facts and figures from 2014.

5,000 loos on site

700 metres of male urinals

£ 210.00 the cost of a standard ticket (a bit more than seeing T Rex).

3 million litres of water will be consumed and that’s just from the taps provided. Bottled water will make the figure double.

1,300 recycling volunteers cleaning up the mess.

400 cows who live on the site normally are moved out of harm’s way for the festival duration

You’re not allowed to wee in the bushes. The organisers have patrolling officers looking for offenders.

Of course, this is where Tardis Hire and our waste tanks come in.