Aluminum cups will now be available at select campus sporting events, as UNC's Athletics Department pushes sustainability.
The cups are now sold at basketball, lacrosse and all other spring sports games as a part of a pilot program that started with the basketball game on Feb. 1 against Boston College. The 20-ounce cups are being sold for $5 at these select events. Consumers can still buy the original plastic cups for the same price.
“I think we will continue to evaluate how the program goes at the end of each year like we do with everything," Michael Beale, assistant athletic director, said. "We take a holistic look at it and then see the next steps that we want to take."
The cups are made of aluminum, which is marketed as infinitely recyclable. They are made up of more than 70 percent recycled material and have a high recycling rate.
Ball Corporation, a Colorado-based company that deals in metal beverage packaging, metal aerosol packaging and aerospace, is producing the cups for UNC.