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Saints take green revolution into Gardens bars

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Club News Saints take green revolution into Gardens bars

Northampton Saints have today announced that from later this season all drinks in the Franklin's Gardens bars will be served in reusable rigid plastic glasses.

The move is aimed to drastically reduce the number of plastic glasses at Franklin's Gardens on match days and thereby improve the club's environmental impact. At present well over 250,000 disposable plastic glasses have been used and thrown away during a typical rugby season, and the Saints' management believes that this is now unsustainable.

In partnership with Green Goblet, the Saints is following in the footsteps of many rugby clubs and stadiums in France and other venues in England such as Bath's Recreation Ground.

When supporters purchase their first drink they will pay an additional £1 as a deposit for their plastic glass, which can be reused throughout the day. At the end of the match supporters will then be able to return their glasses at designated points in Franklin's Gardens and receive their £1 deposit back. The deposit system will be applicable in all bars and hospitality areas in the stadium.

The glasses will then be taken away to be thoroughly washed, before being brought back to Franklin's Gardens ahead of the next match day.

The new deposit will apply to all glasses used, including pints, half-pints and wine glasses, as well as new four-pint pitchers.

Northampton Saints as a club has been actively pursuing more environmentally friendly policies, including the installation of 250 solar panels on the Burrda Stand roof last summer, and using the on-site lake to both irrigate the pitch and receive the drainage water.

Chief executive Allan Robson hopes that supporters will appreciate why the decision has been made and work with staff on match days to ensure as smooth a transition as possible to the new policy.

“Environmental concerns are becoming increasingly important to every company, especially here at the Saints,” he said. “For many years the lake has enabled us to be able to irrigate the pitch in a sustainable way without drawing on the town's water supply, while the solar panels have reduced our energy requirements from the national grid.

“The partnership with Green Goblet will reduce our use of disposable plastic glasses dramatically. The figure of a quarter of a million may be a surprise to some people, but it is an actual total of the number of plastic glasses which are used and then thrown away. This is completely unsustainable and has a massive impact on the environment, both through how they are made but also how they are disposed of.

“We appreciate that it may take some time to adjust to the new policy, but similar glasses are used successfully at many venues across the country and in Europe, including at stadiums like the Stade de France, and we believe that they will be a success at Franklin's Gardens, too.”

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