Ardagh Group hosts Sustainable Brewing & Packaging event

The company organized the event at its glass production facility in Wilson, North Carolina, USA

Ardagh Group recently hosted a Sustainable Brewing & Packaging event at its Wilson, North Carolina glass production facility. Craft breweries from across the state of North Carolina, government agency officials from North Carolina and representatives from other supply chain businesses gathered to discuss sustainability and recycling initiatives.

Josh Brewer, Brewmaster at Mother Earth Brewing, joined Larry Lane, Owner/Brewer of Double Barley Brewing and Kate Binder, Sustainability Specialist from Bell’s Brewery, in a panel discussion about sustainability practices at their breweries. From more efficient equipment and installations to composting programmes in taprooms, the breweries shared ideas with each other and the other brewers in the audience that can yield big savings to a brewery’s bottom line.

“With a name like Mother Earth, you can’t just talk the talk, you have to walk the walk,” said Brewer. “We have a 6-kilowatt solar array that we use to offset our electricity consumption, and it generates enough power to offset 100 percent of our taproom electricity 24/7, as well as some other areas of our facility.”

Mike Green, Business Development Specialist for the State of North Carolina, Division of Environmental Assistance, spoke about brewery recycling programmes and the need for regional consolidation partnerships. This way, breweries can consolidate their brewery materials, such as grain bags, hops bags, cardboard and stretch wrap, to save money while recycling items in one central location.

Representing the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Wendy Worley, Section Chief of Recycling and Materials Management, spoke about the state of North Carolina being home to more than 16,000 private-sector recycling jobs, with more than 650 businesses dedicated to recycling, such as fellow panellist Bill Clark, Regional Sourcing Development & Clean Glass Initiative Manager for Strategic Materials.

“Our office works with companies across the state to expand the use of sustainable practices and recognise leaders in environmental stewardship,” said Worley. “North Carolina craft brewers are leaders in sustainable business practices. I applaud the industry and the organisers of this event for their environmental commitment and positive impact on North Carolina’s local economy.”

Chad Beane, Solid Waste Division Manager, Moore County Public Works, whose operation was identified by Bill Clark as a model for other programmes, discussed Moore County’s success in creating a local aggregation site that provides an opportunity for residents, bars and restaurants to continue to recycle their glass containers, which are then processed by Strategic Materials and shipped to companies like the Ardagh Group manufacturing facility in Wilson to be made into new glass bottles.

“Ardagh is proud to be a member of the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild and to collaborate with local breweries,” said Clint Gawart, Vice President of Sales for Ardagh’s North American Glass division. “With more than 300 breweries and brewpubs in the state, Ardagh is proud to manufacture quality, sustainable glass bottles in Wilson, supporting the needs of the North Carolina craft beer community.”

Ardagh’s Wilson facility specialises in the manufacture of 100 percent and infinitely recyclable glass containers for the beer and beverage markets, making nearly 30 glass bottles every second, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Ardagh is dedicated to the craft beer market with capabilities and resources to grow with craft brewers every stage of the way. For brewers interested in purchasing bottles by the pallet, the BOB platform offers convenient online ordering.

For bottles by the truckload, brewers can contact Ardagh directly at +1-636-2995495 or marketing.glass.na@ardaghgroup.com.