Thinking Green – how we help
Whilst visiting customers this week, I’ve noticed that many venues are embracing the paper straw revolution! Fantastic! Let’s hope it carries through into other aspects of our trade.
We’ve always worked hard to be as green as possible in the brewery, but it struck me that we don’t always share this with you, so here are a few words to show you how we do our bit.
At our 18 BBL plant here in Radcliffe, we generally brew 3-5 days a week which is a lot of beer, yet we only fill ONE domestic black bin which is emptied once a fortnight. Not bad eh?
From the very beginning of Brightside, and in our business before, we have worked hard to keep waste to a minimum and recycle or re-use wherever possible. This is what we do:
- All of our grain goes to two local dairy farmers, one of whom has been able to increase the size of his herd thanks to the free feed.
- The spent hops and yeast go to compost at the farms.
- Plastic packaging and grain bags are sent to be recycled.
- Cardboard packaging goes to be recycled or is used at the farm as bedding for the animals.
- Cardboard hop boxes are re-used by a local engineering company to send work out.
- Waste paper from the office is collected and recycled, and we’re careful only to print what we need.
- Ink cartridges from the printer are sent back to be re-cycled.
- The vessels which contain our cleaning fluids etc., are sent back to the company which we buy them from to be re-used.
- Our plate heat exchanger heats the hot liquor tank thereby conserving energy and cutting electric use.
- We encourage our customers to keep their pump clips and re-use them rather than throw them away by only sending out new clips with new beers, or when they are looking tatty.
- We’ve almost completed our move over to LED lighting which is more energy efficient than regular lighting, which again saves electricity.
- The vast majority of our beers are sold within a 30 mile radius, and we keep our routes efficient. We don’t travel miles to deliver 1 cask, our routes are always carefully planned.
- We do not use one way kegs!! This is something that we care a lot about. Using a hard plastic vessel most of which are difficult to recycle – if indeed they can be recycled at all, to sell between 50 – 80 pints seems so incredibly wasteful. To us it’s something we just won’t do; all of our casks and kegs are returnable and reusable. This also means a cost saving to our customers too as one-way tubs are expensive, so that’s a WIN-WIN!
- UPDATE 17.07.18 We’ve now managed to find a company which will recycle our plastic shives and keystones so even less waste goes into our rubbish bin.
All of this helps us to make as little impact on the environment as possible, and we’re always trying to find ways to get better.