We are excited to announce that we are trialling reusable plastic cups in Brighton Dome’s bars from Wed 16 to Tue 22 Oct 2019.
At Brighton Dome we’re committed to reducing the negative environmental impact of the activities taking place in our venue. This year, we’ve been working towards eliminating single-use plastics in our bars by 2020. We eliminated plastic straws and stirrers in 2018 and this year we stopped selling single-use plastic bottles and encourage visitors to use water refilling stations. We have been looking at viable alternatives to plastic cups and we are delighted to be working with Green Goblet, the UK’s largest supplier of reusable cups.
Why are reusable plastic cups better?
The UK event industry generates a huge volume of waste through the widespread use of disposable plastics. It takes 500 years for plastic to degrade and whilst we make every effort to recycle our single-use plastics, more than 90% of the environmental impact of disposable cups is caused by the manufacturing process. Each year, for every one million reusable event cups in regular use, 1,000 tonnes of carbon emissions would be avoided and 300 tonnes of waste would be saved.
A reusable cup has lower environmental impact than a single-use cup after just three uses. The cups we are trialling can be used at least 75 times. Once they reach the end of their life, the cups are down cycled to make other products such as coat hangers and ice scrapers.
How will the scheme work in Brighton Dome?
We’ll serve your first drink in a reusable cup and ask for a £1 deposit. When you are finished you can:
o Swap it for a new one with your next drink or refill the cup with the same drink if you prefer
o Return it to the bar and get your £1 deposit back
o Return your cup and donate your deposit
o Keep your cup as a souvenir!
There will be signage in the venue and staff on hand to help during this trial. We hope that with your help we can make the trial a success and switch to reusable cups long-term at our venue.
Find out more about Green Goblet or read our Environmental Policy.