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SABMiller drives recycling in Colombia

30 June 2010

SABMiller, one of the world's leading brewers, has partnered with a major retailer in its Colombian operation to establish a system aimed at significantly improving recycling rates in the country.

Significant efforts have been made in recent years by the local government to reduce the levels of waste going to landfill in Colombia's capital, Bogota, a principle element of which involves improving the recycling infrastructure.

SABMiller's Colombian subsidiary, Bavaria, is working with Carrefour, the National Association of small recyclers and CEMPRE, a not-for-profit association which promotes reduction, reuse and recycling, to install 15 recycling centres in Carrefour's supermarkets in Bogotá and Medellin.

The material will be collected by local recycling companies and taken to the existing recycling facilities in each city, providing sustained support and work for smaller local recycling companies.

The programme has a target of collecting 1000 tonnes in 6 months and will be accompanied by a communication campaign to encourage consumers to bring the recycling material to the centres.

Barry Smith, President of SABMiller Latin America, said: "There is an increasing expectation being placed on companies today to minimise the environmental impact of their packaging, from sourcing materials through to disposal and recycling by consumers. We seek to make a difference through innovative partnerships with suppliers and customers such as this one with Carrefour." 


SABMiller plc is one of the world's largest brewers with brewing interests and distribution agreements across six continents. The group's wide portfolio of brands includes premium international beers such as Pilsner Urquell, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Miller Genuine Draft and Grolsch, as well as leading local brands such as Aguila, Castle, Miller Lite, Snow and Tyskie.  SABMiller is also one of the world's largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products.

In the year ended 31 March 2010, the group reported US$3,803 million adjusted pre-tax profit and group revenue of US$26,350 million. SABMiller plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.

Ten Priorities. One Future.   Through our Ten Priorities for sustainable development, SABMiller will make a difference both locally and globally to enhance the One Future that we all share. A robust approach to sustainable development underpins our ability to grow and our licence to operate. Furthermore, a well-managed, growing business is good for wider economic development, leading to greater employment and investment in local economies and communities.   

Bianca Shevlin
Corporate media relations manager
Tel: +44 20 7659 0172

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