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Reusable cups toasted in Queensland and Germany

January 25 2023 - News Release News Editorial

Reusable cups are being trialled by Stadiums Queensland in Australia and have become mandatory at German Bundesliga football matches upon the league’s return to action at the weekend following its winter break.

Reusable cups toasted in Queensland and Germany

Reusable cups are being trialled by Stadiums Queensland in Australia and have become mandatory at German Bundesliga football matches upon the league’s return to action at the weekend following its winter break.

Trials of alternatives to single-use cups are being evaluated at venues in Brisbane, Townsville and on the Gold Coast, with Queensland seeking to enhance its sustainable credentials ahead of Brisbane hosting the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Three different options are being evaluated, including polypropylene plastic and aluminium cups, as well as cans that can be recycled. Every year, Queensland stadiums use more than 1.5 million disposable cups.

Up to 10,000 reusable cups are being served at The Gabba and Queensland Country Bank Stadium, with spectators encouraged to return used containers to designated collection points at the venue before being cleaned offsite.

“With less than a decade to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, this is an opportunity see how Queensland could lead the nation for sustainable stadium sporting experiences.”  Stirling Hinchliffe, Queensland’s Minister for Tourism, Innovation and Sport

Stirling Hinchliffe, Queensland’s Minister for Tourism, Innovation and Sport, said: “The trial is about investigating a scalable and cost-effective system to deliver a reusable drink container solution that works for spectators, Queensland’s stadium venues, and the environment.

“With less than a decade to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, this is an opportunity see how Queensland could lead the nation for sustainable stadium sporting experiences.”

Meanwhile, in Germany, the country’s Packaging Act has come into force across stadiums, as well as restaurants, canteens, supermarkets and cafes, ensuring only reusable packaging can be used for ‘takeaway’ food and drink.

All but one of the 18 Bundesliga clubs had already voluntarily implemented the changes, with Schalke 04 being the final Bundesliga club to make the switch on January 1.

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