Leicester Tigers tackle plastic waste problem

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English rugby side Leicester Tigers is the latest professional sports team to take action against plastic waste by introducing reusable plastic cups at its Welford Road stadium.

The club announced its partnership with Stack-Cup, which is an eco-friendly, reusable and recyclable plastic cup that features the clever design of each cup’s handle being able to slot into the one above, enabling fans to carry multiple drinks without needing a cardboard tray or plastic sleeve. Not only is the design handy for punters picking up pints for a group, but it reduces landfill waste and has a ‘zero to landfill’ target.

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Fans will be required to pay a £1 deposit on the first cup of the day and then return with that cup, to receive a clean one for each following drink. At the end of each match, fans have the option to either hand their cup back to a number of specific return points and recoup their deposit, or take it home as a souvenir.

With an estimated 16,000 and 18,000 pints sold at Welford Road Stadium at each game the new Stack-Cup offering has the potential to save on thousands of items heading to landfill at the 25,849-seater stadium.

“As a club we are acutely aware that we all need to be conscious of the excessive use of plastic. The club is committed to a number of ‘green’ initiatives at Welford Road and Oval Park and this new deal with STACK-CUP™ is another step forward on our sustainability journey,” said Alec Brown, fundraising and administration manager at Leicester Tigers.

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