Football footprint

Published: Sunday 15 May 2005

Football UK

Last year, the FA Cup football final in Cardiff, uk, brought in 73,000 fans to the Millennium stadium. But as they cheered the game, spectators ate and drank 370,000 pints of beer, 38,000 pasties, 27,000 sandwiches, 24,000 bags of chips and 13,000 beef burgers. They also managed to, not surprisingly, produce as much as 59 tonnes of waste.

Now a study on the event has calculated the ecological impact of this outing. The Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society says that to create the sort of energy consumed at the game, land area equivalent to more than 3,000 football fields would be needed. Calculating the transport, packaging and food, researchers called the environmental impact enormous and said recycling could have reduced it by 14 per cent. Maybe we could study the footprint of our next cricket match or election rally.

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