The Fort Worth Brewery in Texas reduced waste by 66 percent in 2015 compared to 2014. The brewery’s sustainability employee council led education initiatives throughout the facility, focusing on changing employee behaviors by making recycling easier and more accessible. Nearly 100 percent of brewery waste is recycled or reused, with the small amount of remaining waste going to a waste-to-energy facility.
The company started focusing on its waste management practices in 2009, when it set a goal to reduce brewery waste by 15 percent by 2015. MillerCoors Trenton, Ohio, brewery became its first landfill-free location in 2011.
Trenton’s best practices provided the foundation for implementing landfill-free processes throughout MillerCoors’ other major breweries. By 2013, the company’s Golden, Colorado brewery as well as its breweries in Shenandoah, Virginia; Irwindale, California; and Eden, North Carolina had also achieved landfill-free status.
Last year its Milwaukee-based brewery and corporate offices became landfill-free.
Since 2009, MillerCoors says it has reduced its waste across the organization by 89 percent.
The company says achieving landfill-free operations at all major breweries is not the end of its commitment to waste reduction. By 2020, the brewer aims to achieve landfill-free operations at all its major manufacturing sites in the US.
MillerCoors’ landfill-free status follows similar announcements last week by major companies. Ford says its North American headquarter facilities now send zero waste to landfill. And Unilever now sends zero non-hazardous waste to landfill across more than 600 sites in 70 countries.