The Premier League insists its nightclubs are”dedicated” to reducing single-use plastics in stadiums – but environmental group Friends of the Earth is urging them to do much more.
Together with BASIS (the British Association for Sustainable Sport), the environmental group is calling clubs to present a returnable cup strategy in their stadiums as part of a comprehensive set of measures.
FOTE estimates that approximately six million plastic beer cups may have been used at the Premier League last season , while re-usable cup approaches that are successful have been operating in cricket and rugby venues.
A YouGov survey of UK football buffs, commissioned by FOTE and printed on Friday, found that 84% agree Premier League clubs should ensure removable or returnable cups can be employed in their own stadiums, while 86% agree stadiums should remove single-use plastics such as straws, sachets and cutlery where potential.
Friends of the Earth plastic campaigner Julian Kirby explained:”Soccer clubs across the united kingdom should aim to be winners off the pitch, in addition to on it, by giving single-use plastic that the boot.
“Fans need soccer clubs to take action on plastic. We are encouraged that a number of clubs have introduced measures – however we need every Premier and Football League club do everything it could to eliminate unnecessary single-use plasticsheeting.
“This is the reason why we are calling clubs to adopt Friends of the Earth’s Plastic Pledge – and – commit to several measures that major stadiums have introduced.
“A reusable cup strategy is one of the critical steps clubs can take – that measure alone could prevent countless single-use plastic cups being landfilled or incinerated each season. We hope every soccer club is up for the cup”
A Premier League spokesperson stated:”The Premier League and our clubs are devoted to increasing awareness . Through our work with Sky Ocean Rescue, we are fans throughout the world reduce their consumption and to take actions that is favorable , making changes which will have a major impact.
“Our clubs are already working hard to execute shift both internally, and externally with suppliers and builders. A number of these have taken part from the cup trial, are exploring the viability of the reusable cup roll-out, or are looking to plastic cups and plastics. They are approaching sustainability in ways that are various but are acting to decrease plastics in a variety of regions of their company.
“They are also working hard in their own communities, forcing environmental awareness through education and social action projects such as the Plastic Pollution Challenge, run in partnership with all Sky Ocean Rescue last year, which tasked main school students with creating a pledge on the way they’d reduce plastic waste in their schools and nearby places.”