English Premier League football club Chelsea has announced plans to trial an initiative designed to reduce plastic waste at Stamford Bridge.

The London-based club has partnered with the Premier League and Sky Ocean Rescue on the initiative, which will begin with the match against West Ham United later today (Monday).

As part of the agreement, Chelsea will trial the use of reusable cups for the majority of draught drinks bought at Stamford Bridge for the remainder of the 2018-19 season. The trial forms part of a wider initiative to reduce plastic waste and inspires fans to ‘pass on plastic’ and reduce usage in everyday life.

Fans attending tonight’s match will be encouraged to try the reusable cups before the game and at half-time. Once the cups have been used, fans have been asked to place them in any of the 54 designated drop-off points around the stadium concourse areas or return them to the bar.

Collection teams will then gather the used cups, which will be washed and re-used another day. Chelsea hopes the trial will allow the club to reduce the disposal of single-use plastic within Stamford Bridge.

West Ham announced plans to back the initiative last month, and fellow London clubs Arsenal and Fulham will also be replicating the trial.

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