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Working towards zero waste operations


Making zero waste a reality

In 2013, SABMiller generated 2.9 million tonnes of waste, an increase of 0.2 million tonnes compared to last year.

This year 94.4% of our waste was recycled or reused.

We encourage all our businesses to operate in a way that minimises the amount of waste sent to landfill with the ultimate goal that they become zero-waste operations. This often requires innovation to develop new disposal options for hard-to-recycle waste.

The waste we produce is mainly organic and 94.4% is reused or recycled. In South Africa, for example, spent grain is sold to farmers for cattle feed and spent yeast is sold to food manufacturers for use in savoury spreads. In the USA, four of MillerCoors' eight major breweries send no waste to landfill at all. In some instances, we work with farmers to supply organic waste that they can use for fertiliser or animal feed. For example, Compañía Cervecera de Canarias in the Canary Islands sent over 13,000 tonnes of its organic waste to 176 farmers and cattle breeders.

Generating energy from waste

We have continued to explore opportunities to use waste to generate energy, either through its direct combustion or by converting it into biogas or biofuel to replace fossil fuels. In this way, we are not only using our waste as a resource, but are also reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.

A biogas boiler Bavaria has completed the construction of a biogas boiler at our Tocancipa plant in Colombia to generate renewable energy by using biogas from the waste water treatment plant as a fuel.

At our Pilsen brewery in the Czech Republic, processed spent grains are dried and then sold to the energy provider that supplies the brewery. The grains are used as a co-fuel in the provider's combustion plant, supplying heat and electricity with lower carbon emissions to the brewery and the local community.

In India and Honduras, organic materials such as rice husks and bagasse (the fibrous matter that remains after sugarcane stalks have been crushed to extract their juice) are used as biofuels within our breweries.

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High standards of ethical behaviour and transparency underpin all that we do. We therefore place a high value on reporting and communicating in an open and honest way with all our stakeholders

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