MillerCoors Achieves Landfill-Free Status At Largest U.S. Brewery
More than 135 tons of waste to be eliminated monthly
CHICAGO, June 24, 2013
CHICAGO, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --MillerCoors today announced that its
Golden Brewery is now landfill free. Building on its experience in taking four
of its other breweries landfill free, this latest move means the largest
brewery in the U.S. eliminated an average of 135 tons of waste monthly that
was previously sent to landfill. For the brewing industry, the accomplishment
is significant: no other breweries, including small craft or large national,
have managed to achieve landfill-free status.
Beginning in 2011, MillerCoors began reducing the municipal waste sent from
the Golden Brewery to landfill, complementing process improvements with nearly
$1 million in new infrastructure and equipment, including new choppers,
bailers and compactors. The brewery beneficially reuses or recycles 100
percent of waste, including all glass, paperboard, plastics, metal and brewing
byproducts, such as spent grain. Residual refuse, such as cafeteria waste and
floor sweepings, is sent to a waste-to-energy facility and used as an
alternative fuel source to generate electricity.
"Environmental stewardship is part of our company DNA, and we challenge
ourselves daily to be more sustainable throughout our operations," said
MillerCoors CEO Tom Long. "Through our commitment to continuously improving,
we've found a way to eliminate trips to the landfill and developed a zero
waste model that's scalable to our other facilities."
Longtime MillerCoors brewery employee Kelly Harris was a driving force in the
efforts. As a shop floor technician, Harris noticed small process changes
could lead to large waste reductions. After conducting research, he developed
and implemented a waste-reduction business plan that in 2010 led MillerCoors
Trenton, Ohio, brewery to become the company's first landfill-free facility
and the world's first zero waste mega-brewery. Three other MillerCoors
breweries – Shenandoah, Irwindale, and Eden – have also achieved
"There's a misperception that sustainable manufacturing is expensive, but
employee behaviors are really the key to efficiently and affordably making the
change," Harris said. "Working alongside brewery leadership, we developed a
way to do things differently and implemented new manufacturing processes at
the brewery. We've proven that there's an alternative place for all waste,
even at one of the world's largest breweries."
The company is working swiftly to implement similar changes at its other
facilities. For more information, visit www.millercoors.com.
MillerCoors brews, markets and sells the MillerCoors portfolio of brands in
the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Built on a foundation of great beer brands and
nearly 300 years of brewing heritage, MillerCoors continues the commitment of
its founders to brew the highest quality beers. MillerCoors is the
second-largest beer company in America, capturing nearly 30 percent of U.S.
beer sales. Led by two of the best-selling beers in the industry, Coors Light
and Miller Lite, MillerCoors has a broad portfolio of highly complementary
brands across every major industry segment. The company offers a variety of
leading craft and import brands, including Blue Moon and Leinenkugel's,
through its Tenth and Blake division. MillerCoors operates eight major
breweries in the U.S., as well as the Leinenkugel's craft brewery in Chippewa
Falls, Wisc., and two microbreweries, the 10th Street Brewery in Milwaukee and
the Blue Moon Brewing Company at Coors Field in Denver. MillerCoors insists on
building its brands the right way through brewing quality, responsible
marketing and environmental and community impact. MillerCoors is a joint
venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company.Learn more at
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