English Premier League football club Leicester City is to introduce reusable pint cups at King Power Stadium in a bid to cut down on single-use plastics.
The cups will be available on stadium concourses from this Saturday, when Leicester hosts Arsenal. Designated recycling bins will be located for fans to dispose of their cups.
Leicester will receive a total of 10,000 reusable pint cups and it is estimated that the move will prevent 3.2 tonnes of plastic from polluting the environment during the 2019-20 season.
It marks the latest effort by Leicester to reduce consumption of single-use plastics, with the club having replaced sauce sachets on concourses with bottles, removed all plastic straws from circulation, and replaced plastic forks and knives with wooden sporks and plastic stirrers with wooden ones.
The club’s clap banners are also 100-per-cent recyclable, while the Foxes Fanstore at King Power Stadium has introduced brown paper bags to replace plastic ones.
Leicester City in the Community has been involved in the Sky Ocean Rescue campaign since the start of 2017 and its coaches visit primary schools across the county to educate children on issues relating to ocean health.
Last month, Leicester Tigers followed the lead of the city’s football club by striking a partnership with STACK-CUP that will lead to the drastic reduction of plastic use at Welford Road Stadium.
In August, Leicester announced plans for King Power Stadium to operate completely cashless concourses during the 2019-20 season.