We strive to achieve landfill-free operations at all our major manufacturing facilities by 2020. That is why we continuously challenge ourselves to find opportunities to reduce waste and recycle materials. Currently, 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.
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MillerCoors sent only 732.6 tons of waste to landfill last year, a 50 percent reduction compared to 2014. Since 2009, we have reduced waste sent to landfill by 4,581 tons.
MillerCoors is also working to reduce the total amount of waste we generate. In 2015, we generated 2,090 tons of waste—a reduction of more than 20 percent from 2014. In 2016, we will work to reduce the total amount of waste we generate by another 5 percent.
Landfill-Free at Fort Worth Brewery & RMMC Can Plant
MillerCoors Fort Worth Brewery achieved landfill-free status in 2015, which brings us one step closer to achieving our 2020 goal of reaching landfill-free operations at all of our major manufacturing facilities by 2020. The brewery reduced waste by 66 percent over 2014 by increasing recycling and finding new ways to reuse materials. Nearly 100 percent of brewery waste is reused or recycled, and the remaining waste is sent to a waste-to-energy facility.
In 2015, the RMMC Can plant also achieved landfill-free status. The plant eliminated 68 tons of waste that had previously gone to landfill and recycled 82 percent of all waste. The practices used at the Fort Worth Brewery and RMMC Can plant are best practices across the company.
Converting Waste Beer Into Fuel-Grade Ethanol
Since 1996, our Golden Brewery has partnered with a facility (owned by Merrick & Company) that produces more than 1 million gallons of ethanol per year. Ethanol is extracted from waste beer at the brewery through two stills. The end result is 200 proof, or essentially pure, ethanol. This pure ethanol is then mixed with gasoline to reduce automobile emissions. This process reduces the amount of wastewater treated at the wastewater treatment plant and reuses ethanol made at the brewery.