Arsenal claims to have saved half a million single-use plastic cups from going to landfill this weekend, as part of the club’s on-going aim to reduce its environmental impact.
In partnership with local company Camden Town Brewery, Arsenal became the first Premier League club to introduce a reusable cup scheme last season, which now saves approximately 20,000 cups per game as per an official statement.
Friends of the Earth plastics campaigner, Tony Bosworth said: “It’s fantastic that Arsenal’s reusable cup scheme has already prevented hundreds of thousands of disposable plastic cups being landfilled or incinerated. Plastic pollution blights our planet and threatens our wildlife, so it’s great to see Arsenal showing leadership on this crucial issue. We hope more clubs will give single-use plastic the boot.”
Arsenal’s Deputy Stadium Manager, Michael Lloyd said: “We are delighted to have saved half a million cups with Camden Town Brewery. Alongside the removal of plastic straws and stirrers at Emirates Stadium, this milestone exemplifies how small operational changes can have a huge environmental impact over a sustained period.
“The reaction from our fans towards this scheme has been overwhelmingly positive and their support has played a huge part in helping us to reach this milestone.”
Working with Octopus Energy, Arsenal were the first Premier League club to switch to 100% green electricity in 2017. Emirates Stadium also recycles 80% of matchday waste, with all the collected food waste sent to an anaerobic digestion plant.