Lidskoe Pivo annually produces about 300 million liters of beer, kvass and other beverages. Of course, production of drinks on such a scale requires significant volumes of raw materials and natural resources.
Lidskoe Pivo has always considered this aspect, and one of the priorities of our work has always been the reduction of environmental effect, rational use of resources, reuse and maximum extraction of secondary material resources from waste for their subsequent recycling.
Recycling of resources means the use of processable packaging materials, recirculation of production waste and reuse of byproducts. We collect used yeasts and sell them to specialized companies for production of animal feed. In 2022, Lidskoe Pivo sold over 22 thousand tons of brewing waste suitable for animal feeding and production of feed additives.
In 2022, Lidskoe Pivo processed over 600 thousand tons of various waste that can be divided into the following categories: waste paper, glass, scrap metal, rubber and plastic.
Lidskoe Pivo shipped over 125 thousand tons of glass, 260 thousand tons of waste paper and 208 thousand tons of polymeric waste for recycling.
Thus, Lidskoe Pivo managed to gather and submit for recycling over 98% of production waste in 2022.
In its daily activities, our company constantly seeks ways to reduce the environmental impact of production processes. Cases with reduced weight of PET bottles and caps may serve as an example of such activity.
As is widely known, bottles are blown using preforms. For example, to make a 1.5 l bottle for kvass, we previously used a preform with a weight of 33.7 g. However, the manufacturer of preforms, who is also interested in reducing its environmental impact, offered us a preform with a weight of 31.7 g. After all the necessary tests and trials, the result demonstrated that a lighter bottle is suitable for use in bottling without affecting the quality of the drink.
Therefore, we managed to save 63 tons of plastic with a single bottle format only by reducing the weight of a bottle by just 2 grams.
Making the cap lighter (from 1.95 g to 1.95 g) allowed us to reduce the volume of plastic consumption by 13 tons in 2022 without affecting the quality of finished products.
Many consumers have noticed that 7Up, which is bottled at the Lidskoe Pivo plant, has been bottled into transparent bottles instead of green once since winter. The reason is the same environmental concern.
Due to the colorant, green 7Up bottles cannot be recycled with most transparent bottles, as they give the entire volume of material a green tint. In turn, separate recycling of green plastic would require at least 1 ton of raw materials, which is about 22 thousand bottles. Transition to transparent plastic helps simplify the recycling process and reduce the amount of waste.