Eco-cups to become mandatory to reduce environmental impact and waste

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Eco-cups to become mandatory to reduce environmental impact and waste

Hull Kingston Rovers will be using eco-cups at Hull College Craven Park tomorrow night as the club has taken the decision to no longer have single use plastic cups – ensuring we reduce waste and become more environmentally friendly.

The cups have been used since the first game of 2019, but Thursday’s clash against the Castleford Tigers will be the first game where it will become mandatory for them to be used on the terraces.

The cups come in a number of club designs and will require a £1 deposit when drinks are ordered. They can then be reused for subsequent drinks with a £1 refund available for returning them to bars.

Alternatively fans can choose to keep them as a souvenir.

Throughout a Super League season, around 80,000 single use plastic cups are used at the stadium for Hull KR matches.

Muhanad Alghoul, Head of Events, says it has been a change the club has been keen to make for some time, and one which is now common at sporting and entertainment venues.

“We’ve been using these reusable eco-ups since the start of last season and they are of a high-quality and actually have proved popular with fans,” he said.

“We recognise making the £1 deposit for the cups mandatory is a change, but we feel that the move will be understood and accepted. People are much more aware of the need to protect the environment and reduce waste these days.

“Also, the cups are much stronger and better to drink out of than the single use plastic cups, so it is providing a better product for supporters who like a drink during the game.

“Eco-cups have been the only option in some of the bigger sporting venues for many years already, where the same pricing system is used. Twickenham Stadium introduced the eco cup scheme as far back as 2014.”

The Rovers designs include one showing club legends including Michael Dobson, Danny McGuire, Mike Fletcher, Stanley Gene, Shaun Briscoe, Clint Newton, Ben Galea, Mike Smith, Paul Fletcher and Josh Hodgson. Others depict the club crest and the ‘Revolution’ brand.

Disposable plastic can take over 500 years to degrade and cause contamination to our water systems.

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