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Kia Oval plastic waste scheme deemed a success

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Kia Oval plastic waste scheme deemed a success

Published at 10:20am 7th September 2018.

A scheme to reduce the amount of plastic used at the Kia Oval has prevented at least six tons of material being sent to landfill.

Switching to reusable drinking vessels and installing water fountains has prevented an estimated 690,000 pieces of plastic from being used at Surrey's home of cricket.

It comes a year after the cricket ground teamed up with the Sky Ocean Rescue campaign to slash the amount of single-use plastic around the pitch.

Surrey Cricket Club officials say the task has been difficult but it is working.

Richard Gould, Surrey County Cricket Club's chief executive, said: "Increasing the sustainability of our operation is a major priority at the Kia Oval as we work towards our goal of becoming single-use plastic free by 2020.

"It is a difficult journey, involving work in every area of our business and initiatives like this with Sky Ocean Rescue really help move us in the right direction."

Sky has been campaigning since 24 January 2017 to tackle the crisis affecting the world's oceans - particularly the increase in the amount of plastic floating in their waters.

Fiona Ball, Sky Ocean Rescue's head of responsible business, said: "Single-use plastic is a huge issue.

"Trillions of pieces of plastic are floating around our oceans, with another eight million tons introduced to this ecosystem every year. It never decomposes and will remain there forever.

"Working with the Kia Oval team has not only helped us bring this issue to life for an army of sports fans but also helped them make simple life changes that collectively make a big difference."

Bosses at the Oval said they were inspired to get involved after learning the equivalent of four rubbish trucks of plastic is dumped in the seas in the time it takes to bowl one over.

Measures put in place by the Kia Oval mean that, after this weekend's final Test between England and India, 20,000 fewer plastic pint glasses will be taken to the rubbish dump.

Another part of the scheme involving the handing out of 25,000 Sky Ocean Rescue-branded reusable water bottles aims to ensure people buy 37,500 litres of water without the need for disposable plastic bottles.

It is estimated that this alone will prevent one ton of plastic being thrown away.

Other sports clubs have also shown support for the campaign, including Tottenham Hotspur and Harry Kane, who wore Ocean Rescue-branded kit for their April match against Watford.

 

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