Bayern Munich will trial the use of new reusable cups at their Allianz Arena home against Hannover on Bundesliga Matchday 14, with a view to making the measure permanent from the 2018/19 season onwards.
The disposable beverage holders currently being used are fully compostable, but the objective of the new system – which will provide reusable containers for a refundable €2 deposit – is to reduce waste and save resources as part of the club’s ongoing commitment to environmental awareness.
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“We’ve discussed a reusable container solution for the Allianz Arena for a long time,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the club’s official website.
“But it’s only now that we’re sole shareholder of the arena that we have the improved logistical capacities you need to introduce reusable cups and a deposit system. Environment protection is an important issue, and FC Bayern aim to do their part. I’d like to thank the Bavarian environment department headed by minister Ulrike Scharf for competent advice and support.”
It is just one of a number of initiatives Bayern have undertaken to reduce their environmental footprint. In 2015, the façade of the Allianz Arena was fitted with LED lights, which reduced energy consumption by close to 40 per cent.
Furthermore, solar panels are to be installed on the roof of a new stadium car park, which is set to open in 2019.