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Miller Brewing Company

When he founded the Miller Brewing Company in 1855, Frederick Miller began an enduring tradition of environmental stewardship. Today, Miller is very proud of its commitment and the results that have ensued.

  • In 1989, Miller set an ambitious goal to eliminate nearly all waste shipment to landfill by 1995. Due to enormous dedication by plant employees, Miller has already experienced a cumulative decline of shipments to landfill of 72 percent.
  • To divert resources from landfills, Miller created a box-reuse program, reducing its need for corrugated cardboard boxes by 75 percent. By reusing shipping cartons, this effort diverted more than 9.5 million pounds of corrugated cardboard out of the waste stream in one year alone.

  • Miller implemented a byproduct development program which reclaims material to be marketed to other outlets, thus diverting resources from landfill. Grain byproducts, such as Barley's Best, brewers yeast, and grains are sold to farmers and commercial bakeries for use in soups and frozen entrees.

  • Since 1961, Miller has reduced the amount of aluminum in its cans by 45 percent, creating a savings of more than 100 million pounds of aluminum each year. Nearly 100 percent of Miller's aluminum cans are now made from recycled materials.

  • New technology has allowed the reduction of weight of glass in our bottles by over 20 percent since 1986. Recycled glass now accounts for more than 30 percent of the materials used to make new bottles, saving more than 8,400 tons of glass each month.

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