Bayern Munich has often been on the cutting edge when it comes to the action on the pitch. Now, supporters in the stands will be ahead of the curve on the environmental front as well.
The club will introduce a reusable drinks container system at Allianz Arena for the 2018-19 season in close cooperation with the Bavarian environment department.
A test run will be carried out in the Bundesliga home match against Hannover 96 on Saturday. Allianz Arena and Do&Co are developing procedures for the dispensing and return of cups and the introduction of a deposit system. Reusable drinking cups will be available for a deposit of €2, to be refunded upon return.
The goals of the new system are waste avoidance and more efficient use of energy resources.
"We've discussed a reusable container solution for the Allianz Arena for a long time," said Bayern CEO chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. "But it is only now that we're sole shareholder of the arena that we have the improved logistical capacities you need to introduce reusable cups and a deposit system. Environment protection is an important issue, and FC Bayern aim to do their part."
Bayern president Uli Hoeness did not comment on the reusable drinking cups initiative, though this hardly seems like something to contradict Rummenigge on, which probably means the two of them will never agree on the next coach after Jupp Heynckes retires again. Then again, Uli would love to apparently “reuse” Jupp for one more season