Usually made from conventional plastic, beer can rings are seriously durable. And that durability is having devastating consequences for marine life. While beer cans need to be held together somehow, negative environmental impacts need to be considered and more sustainable alternatives must be sought.
Plastic beer can rings pose a deadly risk to marine life
Breweries and drink manufacturers require a packaging solution to keep the cans held together for the canning line, transportation and on the shelf until consumption.
Beer can rings do a brilliant job of this, but once they reach the end consumer they’re on their way to landfill at best. All too often, beer can rings end up in the natural environment posing a deadly risk to wildlife and breaking down into micro plastics.
It would be easy to think that a few can rings can’t do all that much damage, but at scale there’s actually a vast amount of plastic produced and large volumes of waste. In fact, The World Counts estimates that 200 billion aluminum cans are used every single year – that’s a lot of plastic can rings.
We need more sustainable packaging solutions for beer cans. Compostable packaging and composting can solve this problem.
Zero waste breweries in five simple steps:
We’re making it easy for breweries and canned drinks manufacturers to reduce waste with compostable packaging and our compost collection service. Follow these simple steps to eliminate plastic beer can rings and move towards zero waste.
1. Assess waste output
Yep. It’s time to start counting cans. Review previous production volumes or forecasts to determine the waste output and packaging requirements. Eliminate conventional plastic by switching to compostable can rings.
2. Mandate compostable packaging
Breweries must contractually obliged to package drink cans in compostable can rings instead of conventional plastic packaging. This means beer can packages can be composted and aluminium cans can be recycled.
3. Educate staff and team
Start the education process with staff and vendors early to help them understand the process, and the positive environmental benefits.
4. Communicate with customers
Start the education process early to help your customers understand the initiative and feel good about the positive difference they’re making.
5. Ensure correct disposal
Make sure customers know how to correctly dispose of compostable beer can rings.
Download our free zero waste brewery case study
Read our case study to learn how three iconic Australian breweries ditched conventional plastic and moved towards zero waste with compostable can rings.
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