Reading and Leeds festivals announce their return for 2021
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The two Branham residents, Charlie Speight and Alfie Armitage, found an easy way to make money on their fourth visit to the annual music festival. The boys, both only 13-years-old, have been going to Leeds Festival with their parents for years.
They have now discovered an easy money-making scheme, turning the festivals litter into change.
While watching their favourite artists, the boys made a game of collecting as many cups as possible and trading them in.
Speaking to Leeds Live, Alfie explained: “You get 10p per cup if you hand them in at collection points around the place.
“Also it helps the people that have to clean up after the weekend.”
Charlie Speight and Alfie Armitage turned their towering collection of cups into cash (Image: LeedsLive)
The eco-conscious young lads were helped by other festival-goers as they soon picked up on what the boys were collecting and would add their own cups to the growing towers.
This 10p reward for cups is part of the festivals’ attempts to aid the fight against single-use plastics.
Festivals across the UK are notorious for the litter they leave behind, and as more companies start to turn green, the Reading and Leeds festivals were no different.
They disclosed on their website the different ways they have implemented greener policies and eco-friendly customer engagement:
“We have banned the use of single-use plastic cutlery and non-compostable serve ware since 2009.
“All water bottles sold are made from 50 percent recycled plastic.
“All trader soft drinks will be served from cans and decanted into paper cups in the arena.
One of the most anticipated headliners of the festival was Post Malone (Image: GETTY)
“All bottled alcoholic drinks will be decanted into cups, so we can manage the plastic disposal responsibly.
“Please bring a plastic or metal refillable bottle with you to refill at the arena water stations #BYOBbottle.”
And the last policy was the one the boys’ decided to capitalise on:
“All bottles and cups have a 10p deposit on included in the price which you can redeem at the refund points in the Arena.”
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While many often overlook these type of T’s & C’s, noticing them is what enabled the two boys to not only enjoy the event but find some of their cashback.
And while 10p may not seem like much in the face of a ticket often breaching the £100 mark, it can definitely make the price tag a bit more feasible for fans.
Arguably one of the easiest ways to do such, the boys soon found themselves with sky-high stacks and pockets full of change.