Bristol Rovers is seeking to set a first in the English Football League (EFL) by eradicating single-use plastic at its Memorial Stadium.

Rovers, which play in League One, the third tier of English football, said it is targeting being totally free from single-use plastic by the time the 2018-19 season commences next month.

To achieve this goal, the club has formed a strategic plan to incorporate a diverse range of biodegradable alternatives for supporters to use on a match day.

Rovers has teamed up with Sydna Distribution, which specialise in supplying biodegradable and compostable catering disposables, to install their products at the various kiosks and eateries around the stadium.

The items supplied by Sydna will be PLA manufactured, a bioplastic that is capable of breaking down in a matter of weeks once it arrives at landfill. Both the cups and burger trays provided at the Memorial Stadium on a match day will be completely compostable, while drinks straws will either be 100 per cent paper or PLA manufactured.

Bristol Rovers commercial director, Tom Gorringe, said: “As a football club, we understand that we play an integral part in the local community, but also have a responsibility to do our bit to further help the environment.

“The impact that plastics are having on our society cannot be ignored and although our steps are small, we feel that this is an important change as part of a wider switch in a mainstream society moving forward.”

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