Edinburgh Fringe labeled a plastic nightmare as Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall blasts events bar

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has labeled the Edinburgh Fringe festival a ‘plastic nightmare’ after seeing venues give out plastic cups instead of reusable glasses over health and safety fears.At the arts festival, which happens in pubs, bars and theatres across the city, attendees are given single-use plastic pint glasses to carry their drinks from venue to venue and eliminate the risk of broken glass underfoot.However, plastic waste campaigners have argued that there must be a more sustainable way to achieve this aim.The River Cottage chef said: “Having a great time at the #Edinburgh Festival, but it’s a #plastic nightmare, with most bars and venues insisting on plastic for all drinks (except cans).”I get the wish to avoid broken glass, but SO MUCH PLASTIC. Anyone here found a good solution? #WarOnPlastic #edfringe2019”.Comedian and actor Vicky Stone, who is also at the Fringe, said: “I completely agree. I took a plastic cup back to a bar to re-use, and they told me they WERE NOT ALLOWED TO. Insane.”Another attendee, Kate Taylor, said: “What’s with all the single use plastic cups and patio heaters when it’s literally t shirt weather? Where can I find out more about your environmental sustainability policies? “Also bar staff literally refusing to refill cups (of right size, from drinks from same bar) Entirely capable of being wrong but wonder what ‘health and safety’ issue this raises?”A Plastic Planet co-founder Sian Sutherland said: “The madness of our addiction to plastic is the saddest joke of this year’s Edinburgh festival fringe. “It’s such a shame to see that plastic cups and bottles are still used everywhere, littering this beautiful city. I thought this was meant to be an alternative festival – where are the alternatives to indestructible toxic plastic for all those Edinburgh fans?”Many attendees have suggested that the Fringe festival, like many others, should give out hard, reusable plastic cups for a deposit of a few pounds.Festivals including Glastonbury have stopped using plastic cups at their bars, while Reading Festival gives revelers 10p for every cup or bottle that is brought to a recycling point.Edinburgh Fringe Festival has been contacted for comment.