Published: 10th January, 2020
Conferences and Events at The Kia Oval will now be reusing all water bottles – following the installation of filtered taps in suites across the 1845 Stand.
Although the ground has not offered single use plastic water bottles for a number of years, conferences were previously served by large collective glass bottles that were disposed of in recycling after each event.
From 2020 onwards, the Club will simply fill glass bottles with the high-quality filtered water and then go onto wash and reuse every bottle. The system is not dissimilar to that used for serving alcoholic drinks during matches, where every drink is poured in a cup that is then washed and reused.
1845 Stand is the new name for what was previously known as the OCS Stand. It has been renamed after the year of Surrey County Cricket Club’s foundation in honour of 2020 being the Club’s 175th anniversary year.
The new policy is part of the Club’s continued drive to reduce the environmental impact of The Kia Oval – with further new policies due to be announced in run up to the 2020 summer of cricket.
The ground’s Conferences and Events business has grown significantly in recent years, with The Kia Oval now hosting over 1,500 non cricket events every year, ranging from meetings and conferences to dinners, awards ceremonies and weddings. For those interested in finding out more about this side of the Club, please visit the dedicated Conference and Events page or read the regular blog from Emily Pritchard, the Club’s Conference and Events Sales Manager, on kiaoval.com.