America's Biggest Brewery Now Produces No Garbage
MillerCoors' Golden, Colo., facility no longer trucks 135 tons a month to landfill
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2013 10:59 AM CDT
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(Newser) – MillerCoors' Golden, Colo., facility has some pretty massive numbers attached to it: It clocks in at 9 million square feet, can produce 22 million barrels of beer a year (that's the equivalent of about 5.5 billion pints), and once generated 135 tons of garbage a month. That last number now stands at ... zero. As of the end of June, the brewer's (and America's) largest facility no longer sends any waste to the landfill, instead reusing or recycling everything, from the core items (spent grain, glass) to the peripheral (cafeteria scraps, floor sweepings), reports CNBC.

It's actually the fifth of MillerCoors' eight US breweries to achieve landfill-free status since 2010, and it took two years to achieve the feat in Golden. How it shakes out: After spending about $1 million on new infrastructure (think low-tech equipment like colored bins), spent grain now goes to feed livestock, things like glass and pallets are recycled, and those floor sweepings are sent to a waste-to-energy facility in Oklahoma, reports NBC News. It's a green effort in more ways than one: The sale of its recyclable material will bring in $1 million a year. The company plans to convert its remaining three breweries to landfill-free status by the end of 2015.

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slammer
Jul 16, 2013 9:21 AM CDT
there may be no garbage but the beer still sucks-pizz water!
scoonjodi
Jul 16, 2013 7:24 AM CDT
They should have taken that money, and used it to make their beer taste better!! It tastes like crap.
my_two_cents
Jul 7, 2013 5:08 PM CDT
The remaining question becomes what happens to the ash from the trash to energy plant.