Two concert venues in Los Angeles are becoming more sustainable by switching to a full-time, reusable drinking cup program.

AEG will implement the program at Crypto.com Arena and Peacock Theater following a test run at two Depeche Mode concerts this past December. Through the program, AEG will team up with hospitality partner Levy to replace all single-use cups at its food and beverage destinations with products from r.World.

So, how does it work?

The used plastic cups will be collected in specially-marked bins. From there, they’ll be taken to a nearby r.World industrial wash hub facility, where they’ll be cleaned before returning to the venues. Previously, an average of 15,000 cups were used per event at Crypto.com arena, a spokesperson said, which were recycled.

During the test run at Depeche Mode’s gigs on December 15 and 17, AEG said a total of 23,418 single-use cups were avoided, which equated to eliminating 355 pounds of carbon dioxide.

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“We are excited to be the first arena in Southern California to introduce a full-time, reusable-cup program as it came to us via our AEG Sustainability team,” Lee Zeidman, president of Crypto.com Arena, Peacock Theater and L.A. Live, said in a statement.

Currently, the r.Cup program operates in 84 permanent venues, as well as 275 stand-along events and festivals in the U.S. each year. It is in place at 10 other AEG venues and Goldenvoice music festivals; since the company began working with r.World in 2021, it has avoided over 3.5 million single-use cups.

The program officially rolls-out during the Los Angeles Sparks WRNBA game at Crypto.com Arena on August 15, as well as the Young Miko concert at the Peacock Theater the same night.

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