Super Bowl organizers report that the event will lead to 80,000 pounds of trash, but this year’s stadium is working hard to make sure much of it is recycled. This year’s Super Bowl will be played in a reduced-plastic stadium and will feature 50,000 recyclable aluminum cups! Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium will have 50,000 recyclable cups through a partnership by Ball Corporation and the concession vendor Centerplate.

The cups will be available during both regular season and Super Bowl games as the stadium works to phase out 99.4% of single-use plastic in 2020. The venue seats 65,300 people. Hard Rock Stadium will feature both reusable and recyclable containers at the game, including the recyclable cups and metal cans as replacement for 600,000 water bottles.

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With Miami’s beaches just miles away, consumers are extra aware of plastic pollution and the increased need to prevent plastic from entering oceans. According to the Miami Herald, the Super Bowl has partnered with Ocean Conservancy to spread awareness about plastic pollution. Ocean Conservancy is organizing cleanups to remove trash from beaches ahead of the big game.

Cup manufacturer Ball chairman and CEO John Hayes in a statement, “We developed the aluminum cup to ensure it meets growing demand for more green products, and we’re excited that our partnership will give this year’s Super Bowl fans the opportunity to do better by the environment.”

Rodney Barreto, chairman of the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee said, “This is something that consumers are demanding, so we had to step up to the plate.” Super Bowl 2018 went zero waste and the Super Bowl committee seems committed to continuing the plastic reduction.

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There are products you may be using or habits you may have that contribute to plastic pollution. Learn more about how the use of Teabags, Cotton Swabs, Laundry, Contact Lenses, Glitter and Sheet Masks pollute our oceans so you can make more informed decisions going forward. There are also numerous simple actions and switches that can help cut plastic out of our lives including, making your own cosmetics, shampoo, toothpaste, soap, household cleaners, using  mason jars, reusable bags/bottles/straws, and avoiding microbeads

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