Japan fans show positive approach to waste management at World Cup

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The Japanese fans brought refuse sacks with them to collect waste at the end of the match

Japanese fans had a reason to celebrate their team’s 2-1 victory over Colombia on Tuesday night at the World Cup, but that didn’t stop them cleaning up after themselves.

Footage of fans appeared on Twitter shortly after the match which showed the fans collecting rubbish and putting it in refuse sacks they had brought with them to the game.

Senegalese fans were also recorded cleaning their seated section after the team's victory against Poland.

Many UK fans tweeted in support of the football fans.

Stephen Wise, waste sector director and technical lead at Wood, said the footage reflects a difference in environmental consciousness and respect.

“Having respect is still an important part of Japanese culture, be it for peers, family, the environment or strangers. Unfortunately I don't think in general that we have that level of respect within our culture. If you started to tidy up most would either be indifferent and ignore it or worse start mocking you for doing it which is a complete shame.”

However SUEZ external affairs director Adam Read is optimistic that a proposed deposit return scheme could see a behavioural change at UK sporting events, a topic he covered in May’s blog.

He said: “I wonder whether the expansion of deposit return systems at football and other sports stadia and the increasing public awareness of plastics could help create the right conditions for change.

“I have certainly noted less litter at Northampton Saints since the deposit system came to the fore, so perhaps we can be coached and educated to do the right thing, but perhaps it is a financial driver rather than a social one?”

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