Kia Oval has announced that it is on track to become plastic-free by 2020 after making sure that 690,000 pieces of single-use plastic have been diverted from landfill this year so far.
By working with Sky’s Ocean Rescue campaign a year ago, it has saved more than six tonnes of plastic waste, according to Sky Sports.
The venue launched a three-year partnership with the campaign ahead of England’s third Test against South Africa after learning that the equivalent of four rubbish trucks’ worth of plastic is dumped into the ocean during just one over.
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From today, cricket fans coming to the Oval for the fifth Test against India will see 25,000 reusable bottles being given away across the first four days of the Test at the two main entrances.
A reusable beer cup scheme will also be in operation.
Sky Ocean Rescue head of responsible business Fiona Ball told Sky Sports: “Single-use plastic is a huge issue. Trillions of pieces of plastic are floating around our oceans, with another eight million tonnes 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.”