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Tigers reduce plastic with reusable cup system

Leicester Tigers has taken a big step in reducing its plastic use after agreeing a brand new partnership with STACK-CUP™. 

Around 16,000-18,000 pint cups are used at Welford Road Stadium at each game. The new re-usable cups were launched at the club’s Premiership Rugby Cup win over Exeter Chiefs on Friday September 27.

As stocks of the pint and half pint cups will be replenished on a regular basis, waste will be significantly reduced. STACK-CUP™ also boasts a unique globally patented handle design that negates the need for cardboard trays or plastic sleeves assisting with a zero to landfill target being achieved. 

Fans will be required to pay a £1 deposit on the first cup of the day and then return with that cup, to receive a clean one for each following drink. At the end of each match, fans have the option to either hand their cup back to a number of specific return points and recoup their deposit, or take it home as a souvenir. 

A series of cups exclusive ranges are being produced including a Leicester Tigers branded version as well as player specific designs for die-hard fans.

Ahead of the first home game of the 2019/20 season at Welford Road, the club recently announced that fans will be able to benefit from cashless facilities around the ground on matchdays designed to help reduce queuing times alongside increased security and faster checkout times. Supporters will receive the £1 deposit back on their payment card when exchanged. 

Speaking about the agreement, Alec Brown,  Fundraising and Administration Manager at Leicester Tigers - said: “As a club we are acutely aware that we all need to be conscious of the excessive use of plastic.The club is committed to a number of ‘green’ initiatives at Welford Road and Oval Park and this new deal with STACK-CUP™ is another step forward on our sustainability journey.”
James Roles – Global MD of STACK-CUP™ - added: "We are delighted that Leicester Tigers is now using STACK-CUP™. The need to reduce both plastic use and waste has never been so important, so it’s fantastic to see major clubs taking a lead and doing their bit to tackle what is an environmental emergency.”