Environment & Energy Report

Super Bowl Ditches Plastic Cups in Favor of Costlier Aluminum

Jan. 31, 2020, 2:00 PM

This weekend’s Super Bowl in Miami is more than a showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. It’s a high-profile -- and costly -- attempt to ditch single-use plastic.

Hard Rock Stadium is replacing all of its disposable plastic cups for the game on Sunday. Working alongside stadium concessionaire Centerplate Inc., Bud Light and Ball Corp., the sports venue will be stocked with 50,000 cups made from aluminum, which is easier to recycle.

The change sets an example for other stadiums looking to be more sustainable, but it comes with a first-mover cost. Aluminum cups...

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