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Six of Eight MillerCoors Breweries Have Now Achieved Landfill-Free Status

CHICAGO (September 24, 2013) – MillerCoors announced today its Albany, Ga., Brewery is landfill-free. This latest move means that the Albany Brewery is recycling over 99 percent of its waste and has eliminated 40 tons of waste per month that was previously sent to a landfill. Albany is the second MillerCoors brewery this year to announce landfill-free status, and the brewer now operates six landfill-free breweries nationwide.

“We are constantly working to reduce the impact of our operations on the environment,” said MillerCoors CEO Tom Long. “We’ve made great strides by reusing and recycling as many materials as possible in our operations. By keeping another 40 tons of waste out of the local landfill each month, MillerCoors is doing its part to keep Georgia beautiful.”

The success in Albany was achieved through the dedication of the brewery’s employees and their commitment to the surrounding community. Employees implemented changes in day-to-day operations to reduce, reuse, or recycle all of the materials used in the brewery. MillerCoors invested $100,000 in new equipment, choppers, balers and compactors as part of its waste reduction efforts in Albany, and the brewery engaged local vendors to reuse or recycle its waste, including all glass, paperboard, plastics, metal and brewing byproducts. Scrap metal is sent to a local Albany-based steel company, and a local transport company trucks spent grain to community farms where it’s used as cattle feed. Residual refuse, such as floor sweepings, is sent to a waste-to-energy facility and used as an alternative fuel source to generate electricity.

“MillerCoors commitment to sustainability is apparent at every level of the company, from the board room to the brewery floor,” said MillerCoors Albany Brewery Vice President Tim Dill. “Our employees are committed to helping us brew beer more responsibly, and here in Albany, they led the way in reducing waste and achieving this momentous goal.”

MillerCoors operates five other landfill-free breweries, including the country’s largest single-site brewery in Golden, Colo.; Trenton, Ohio; Eden, NC; Shenandoah, WV; and Irwindale, Calif. MillerCoors landfill-free breweries exceed the standards set forth by The National Science Foundation, which require manufacturers to send less than 1 percent of waste to landfill before certification. The company is actively working to achieve landfill-free status at its other two breweries. For more information, visit www.millercoors.com.

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