How can beverage companies "green" their businesses? First bring their operations into compliance with all environmental regulations, then adopt pollution prevention and resource conservation practices. Here are some examples of what you can do.
- Monitor and control waste of materials during production
- Monitor and control energy and water use
- Buy products in returnable, reusable or recyclable containers.
- Recycle food*, cardboard, paper, glass, metal and plastics. (*food waste, along with waxed cardboard, paper napkins, paper beverage cartons and wooden crates can be picked up for recycling or upcycling)
- Install energy efficient lighting fixtures and bulbs, heating and air conditioning, washers and dryers, and other electrical equipment.
- Buy recycled-content paper products whenever possible, including hand towels, napkins, office and food service uses.
- Use take-out containers that can recycled (paper, plastic, aluminium) instead of styrofoam.
- Keep outdoor waste storage, parking and sidewalks free of litter, grease spills and other potential pollutants. Use sweeping and spot cleaning for most clean ups. If washing is needed, use a cleaning method that keeps cleaning water out of drains.
- Support and encourage recycling and upcycling of waste
- Conduct assessment of your facility to identify ways to prevent pollution.
However, it is important that the program maintain credibility, which is why participating companies will be asked to share information and documentation about their zero net waste program.