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Beermaker vows to cut brewery waste

The world’s second largest beer brewer, SABMiller, has announced a new sustainable development programme.

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The company has pledged to work with suppliers, distributors, retailers, municipalities and consumers to reduce waste across the business, and reuse and recycle waste and packaging under its new Prosper programme.

SABMiller has also vowed to “continue to divert a very high proportion of brewery waste from landfill and create new value waste”. Currently, the company says that more than 95% of waste from its breweries is reused or recycled.

Other targets in the Prosper programme include reducing SABMiller’s carbon footprint, supporting the use of sustainable land and securing shared water resources for the brewer and local communities by 2020.

Alan Clark, SABMiller’s chief executive officer, said: “The stakes are getting higher: poverty, water scarcity, climate change, food security and alcohol-related harm all demand urgent attention to secure a prosperous future.

“These pressing issues are shared by communities, businesses and governments and we must solve them together. Only those companies that are prepared to be part of the solution will be successful in the long term, and that’s why this approach is integral to our business strategy.”

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