Recycling of PET bottles
The Kirin Group promotes the recycling of PET bottles as a member of the Council for PET Bottle Recycling. Under the Council’s Third 3R Promotion Voluntary Action Plan (FY2016- FY2020), we are working toward a target recycling rate of 85% (base year: FY2004).
Flow of recycling of PET bottles
Recycling of cans
Kirin Group is pursuing the adoption of aluminum cans, which have a high rate of recycled metal. We have also joined the Japan Aluminum Can Recycling Association, and we are providing assistance for the collection of used aluminum cans as a way to promote their recycling. Under the Third 3R Promotion Voluntary Action Plan (FY2016- FY2020) of Japan Aluminum Can Recycling Association and Japan Steel Can Recycling Association, we are working toward a target recycling rate of 90% (base year: FY2004) for both aluminum and steel cans.
Empty aluminum cans that have been discarded at the breweries are recycled by the can manufacturers and used entirely for aluminum beer cans.
Recycling of glass bottles
Old returnable glass beer bottles that can no longer be reused and one-way bottles which are used only once are turned into cullet, for use primarily as the raw material for making new glass bottles.
With the aim of the 100% recycling of empty glass bottles, we are pursuing uses for cullet made from colored glass, which cannot easily be re-used for glass bottles. We are finding other applications for colored cullet, including in building materials such as tiles and blocks and road paving materials.
Containers and Packaging (Lion)
Consistent with Lion’s strategic goals to increase recycled content and recyclable packaging there were several initiatives completed in 2019 that continue to reduce the environmental footprint of our packaging.
By changing bottle supplier for 5 Seeds Cider and Tooheys Extra Dry from a Middle-East based supplier to a local Adelaide supplier, a significant carbon emission reduction has been achieved for West End Brewery through the avoidance of international movement of bottles from the Middle-East to Adelaide.
Plastic packaging for plastic label reels has been removed which avoids the use of 65,000 plastic bags per year. Stretch film was also transitioned from 20um film to 15um film, reducing annual plastic usage by 100 tonnes. Carton board grade at Burnie now has greater recycling content with an increase from an average of 42% to 100% in the lids of shelf ready cartons. This results in a reduction of approximately 263 tonnes per year of cardboard. Cartons weights have also been reduced by approximately 3.4% to 10% (dependent on board grade), resulting in a reduction of 23.5 tonnes of cardboard use per year.