Published: 16th April, 2018
Surrey County Cricket Club and the Kia Oval will continue to use re-usable plastic pint cups after agreeing a partnership with Stack-Cup.
In a similar deal to one in place with Ecocup since 2015, the club is continuing to use reusable cups throughout the ground for the 1.2 million pints of lager and ales sold each year.
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 the day, fans have the option to either hand their cup back to a number of specific return points and receive their pound back or take it home as souvenir of their day at the Kia Oval.
With stocks of the cups replenished on a game by game basis, waste is significantly reduced. Stack-Cup also boasts a unique patented handle design that negates the need for cardboard trays or plastic sleeves assisting with a zero to landfill target being achieved.
This announcement is the latest pledge in the club’s increasing commitment to reducing its environmental impact through use of plastics after recent decisions to ban plastic straws, move to compostable coffee cups and end the use of plastic bags.
The Kia Oval’s plastic conscious outlook also saw it chosen to launch the Sky Ocean Rescue campaign during the 2017 Test match between England and South Africa.
Speaking on the agreement, Surrey Chief Executive Richard Gould said: “Since we first brought them to the Kia Oval in 2015, we have found re-usable pint cups to be an effective part of our plan to reduce our usage of single use plastic while providing a memorable fan experience.
“Reducing our environmental impact is important to us and this agreement with Stack-Cup saves us from sending hundreds of thousands of plastic cups to landfill sites every year.”
Stack-Cup Chief Operating Officer Matthew Cove added: “We are thrilled that Surrey County Cricket Club and the Kia Oval has shown confidence in our product, meeting all their sustainability requirements and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with them in cricket.”
For more information on Stack-Cup, the green solution for contributing to today’s growing revolution against a throw-away society, visit www.stack-cup.com.
Alongside the moves to reduce use of plastic, Surrey County Cricket Club will also be recycling used coffee grounds that will be turned into fire logs and bio-fuel.