The Premier League insists that 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 on clubs to present a returnable cup strategy in their stadiums as part of a detailed set of steps.
FOTE estimates that around six million beer cups might have been used at the Premier League last season while successful cup approaches have been working in cricket and rugby venues.
A YouGov survey of UK soccer buffs, commissioned by FOTE and published on Friday, found that 84% agree Premier League clubs should ensure removable or returnable cups are employed within their own stadiums, whereas 86% agree stadiums should remove single-use plastics like straws, sachets and cutlery where possible.
Friends of the Earth plastic campaigner Julian Kirby explained:”Soccer clubs across the UK should aim to be winners off the pitch, as well as onto it, by giving single-use vinyl that the boot.
“Fans need soccer clubs to take action . We are encouraged that several clubs have introduced measures – however we want every Premier and Football League club do what it could to get rid of plastic that was unnecessary .
“This is why we are calling clubs to adopt Friends of the Earth’s Plastic Pledge – and also – dedicate to a number of measures that major stadiums have introduced.
“A reusable cup scheme is one of the key steps clubs may take – this measure alone would prevent countless single-use plastic cups being landfilled or incinerated every season. We expect every soccer club is up to your cup.”
A Premier League spokesperson said:”The Premier League and our clubs are dedicated to increasing awareness throughout maturity. Through our work with Sky Ocean Rescue, we are inspiring fans throughout the globe to take action that is favorable and decrease their single-use plastic intake , making small changes which will have a large effect.
“Our clubs are already working hard to execute change both internally, and externally with suppliers and contractors. Lots of them are currently researching the viability of their own cup roll-out have taken part in the cup trial, or are taking a look at options to plastics and plastic cups. They’re currently coming sustainability in various ways but are going to decrease single-use plastics in a variety of areas of their company.
“They’re also working hard in their communities, driving environmental awareness by education and social action projects like the Plastic Pollution Challenge, run in partnership with Sky Ocean Rescue last year, which tasked primary school pupils with developing a pledge on how they would reduce plastic waste within their schools and nearby locations.”