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Energy and carbon at Miller


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Approaching zero-waste operations

Zero-waste operations brochure

Miller has long been working towards becoming a zero-waste business and reuses or recycles 99% of all leftover material.

Spent grains are used for cattle feed and spent yeast is used in soup bases and dog food. The honey buckets used to make Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss are returned to the supplier for reuse. Effluent sludge is used as a soil improver, kieselguhr is used in making cement and ash from our boilers goes into concrete. Our brewery in Texas collaborates with a neighbouring business that recycles empty plastic drums into outdoor landscaping products. In Milwaukee, Miller sends empty plastic flavouring drums to the local sewerage company, which turns them into rain barrels. Each brewery runs its own recycling centre and wood, cardboard, plastic strapping, keg caps and the air bags that cushion bottles as they arrive at our breweries are all eventually recycled or reused.