Sustainable recycling of containers and packagingReuse

Re-use of glass bottles

In Japan, people have collected and re-used glass bottles over and over since the Meiji Era (1868-1912), long before the word “3R” was coined.
We wash returnable glass bottles that come back to the plant thoroughly inside and out to make them as clean as a new bottle. After stringently checking the bottles for scratches and cracks with an empty bottle inspection machine, we put them back into product service and fill them with beer. When handled carefully, returnable glass bottles last for an average of about eight years. This means they are used around 24 times.
When bottles have small scratches or fine cracks or are too old to be of service any longer, we crush them and turn them into a material called cullet, which we use as the raw material to make new bottles.

  • Figure: Re-use of glass bottles

*The above information is reprinted from the Kirin Group Environmental Report 2022 and is current as of June 30, 2022.