US-based full-service food and beverage provider Professional Sports Catering, in collaboration with minor league baseball team Gwinnett Stripers, has committed to eliminate single-use plastic straws and lids at minor league baseball park Coolray Field.
Both organisations have made this commitment in an effort to reduce waste and prevent marine plastic pollution.
Starting 4 Apri, the entities will not offer any single-use plastics items with drink purchases at the minor league baseball park’s concession stands or points of sale.
The catering firm will provide a limited number of straws and lids to customers with special needs on request.
Gwinnett Stripers vice-president and general manager Adam English said: “We are proud to partner with Professional Sports Catering to eliminate straws and lids from Coolray Field this season and beyond.
“With waterways like Lake Lanier so vital to the prosperity of Gwinnett County and North Georgia, we feel it is our responsibility to minimise our environmental impact on the community.
“The Stripers and PSC will continue to seek ways to be leaders in environmental sustainability and awareness.”
PSC director of operations Coolray Field said: “Professional Sports Catering embraces the opportunity to join the Stripers in reducing plastic waste. Removing straws and lids is just one part of what we can do to be more environmentally responsible, and PSC looks forward to being at the forefront of the Stripers’ green initiative.”
The minor league baseball team will introduce four environmentally sustainable giveaways this year. They include recycled tote bags, mason jar cups, reusable straws on ‘Go Green Night’, and water bottles.