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Plastic use cuts continue at Kia Oval

Surrey County Cricket Club and the Kia Oval have further committed to reduce their plastic use after agreeing a brand new partnership with Stack-Cup.

This follows last week’s announcement that a consultation will start later this year as UK Prime Minister Theresa May continues her drive against single-use plastic waste.

The club, which sells around 1.2 million pints of lager and ales each year, launched the new re-usable cups at the first match of the season against Hampshire which took place on Friday April 20.

With stocks of the cups replenished on a game by game basis, waste is significantly reduced. Stack-Cup also boasts a unique globally patented handle design that negates the need for cardboard trays or plastic sleeves assisting with a zero to landfill target being achieved.

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 a souvenir of their day at the Kia Oval.

This 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.

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 have shown confidence in our product, meeting all their sustainability requirements and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with them in cricket.

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.