Bayern Munich receive an environmental award

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Bayern Munich was presented with an environmental award based on the club’s use of reusable cups

The German club made the decision last year of using reusable cups for beverages rather than the disposable plastic cups that fans had previously used at the Allianz Arena.

The cups cost €2 and are provided by the stadium’s official caterer Do & Co.

Bayern was officially presented with the award at the halftime break into their season-opening win over Hoffenheim on Friday.

Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was on hand to accept the “Reusable Champions” certificate from Barbara Metz of the Duh Federal Board.

“Plastic waste has become one of the biggest environmental problems. FC Bayern are therefore showing exactly the right way forward to get this problem under control,” said Metz on the club website.

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“The change at the Allianz Arena will save over one million disposable beakers over the course of the season. That’s why we are presenting the award to FC Bayern. We look forward to other clubs following this positive example.”

Upon receiving the certificate, Rummenigge added: “The change to a reusable cup system is also the result of close co-operation with the Bavarian Environment Ministry.

“Based on environmentally-sound construction and the use of future technologies, the Allianz Arena has been a venue for years that sets standards in domestic and international professional football.

“Since 2006, our sustainably-operated stadium has conformed to the strictest European guidelines – according to the EMAS scheme.

“The next project will be cleaner electricity, which we will obtain through the installation of solar panels on our new multi-storey car park.

“I’m very happy the German Environmental Aid has rewarded the commitment of FC Bayern Munich to environmental protection.