Losing Waste

MillerCoors announces waste reduction, while Dr. Pepper sets recycling goals.

In 2009, the MillerCoors beer company reduced the amount of waste that it sent to landfills by 20 percent, according to the firm's 2010 sustainable development report. The company also announced that its Trenton, Ohio, and Elkton, Va., breweries achieved zero waste last year.

“Surpassing our 2015 waste reduction goal five years early is a phenomenal success that demonstrates the commitment and passion of MillerCoors people across all of our brewery operations,” said Cornell Boggs, MillerCoors' chief responsibility and ethics officer, in a statement.

The sustainability report is available at www.greatbeergreatresponsibility.com.

In other waste generator news, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc. has set a goal of recycling 80 percent of its solid waste by 2015. The recycling target is part of a series of environmental goals that the beverage company unveiled in June. The company also aims to conserve more than 60 million pounds of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic by 2015 through redesigned packaging and increased use of recycled materials.

“Setting and achieving long-term goals to improve our environmental and social performance is a vital part of achieving sustainable growth, because these goals reflect the best interests of the people who make, sell, buy, invest in, and enjoy our brands every day,” said Larry Young, president and CEO of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, in a statement.

For more on the firm's waste goals, go to www.drpeppersnapplegroup.com and click on the “Sustainability” link.

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