We reuse or recycle nearly 100 percent of our brewery waste including protein-rich residual brewer’s grain and spent yeast, glass cullet, aluminum, plastic, wood and other materials. We turn “waste” into energy, compost and soil conditioner for our own use. And we send the remaining byproducts to companies that use them for other beneficial purposes.
In 2014, we sent 2.95 million pounds of waste to landfill and reduced waste sent to landfill by more than 896,000 pounds. Seven of our eight major breweries are now landfill-free, with the Milwaukee brewery achieving this status in December 2014. Rocky Mountain Metal Container End Plant also achieved landfill-free status in December 2014 by increasing recycling and switching to reusable rags.
Milwaukee Brewery Goes Landfill-Free
The Milwaukee Brewery sent its last load of waste to landfill in December 2014. Throughout 2014, the brewery eliminated 124,000 pounds of waste by finding new ways to reuse or recycle it.
"Our Green Team played a big role in our success," said Joan Meyer, environmental engineer at the Milwaukee Brewery. "The team is led by brewery employees who are really passionate about achieving landfill-free status.
With the help of a new centralized compactor and standardized color coding for recycling containers, the Milwaukee Brewery was able to reduce waste by 19 percent over the prior year and now generates less than 124,420 pounds of waste per month, which is shipped to a waste-to-energy facility in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Milwaukee is the seventh MillerCoors brewery to become landfill-free.