Anheuser-Busch Touts Waste Reduction in Annual EH&S Report

Anheuser-Busch Touts Waste Reduction in Annual EH&S Report

Anheuser-Busch Companies has released its 2003 Environmental, Health and Safety report focusing on the company’s overall progress in promoting excellence in environmental, health, and safety performance for its brewing, packaging, entertainment, and brewing-related operations.

The following are a few highlights from the report:
  • The company recycled more than 97% of all its solid waste generated which amounts to more than five billion pounds of material.

  • Anheuser-Busch Recycling Corporation, the world’s largest aluminum can recycler, celebrated 25 years of operation in 2003 by recycling more than 750 million pounds of aluminum or the equivalent of 25.5 billion cans.

  • Through the use of new technologies in production, A-B managed to save 5.1 million pounds of aluminum, 7.5 million pounds of paperboard, and is converting hardwood and plywood pallets to more durable 100% recyclable polypropylene pallets.

  • The company is the world’s largest user of bio-energy recovery system (BERS) technology. BERS is a method of pretreating the brewing-related wastewater before discharging to the local sewer system. The recovered biogas is burned for fuel at the producing brewery, providing 10% or more of the on-site fuel needs. The technology benefits the community by freeing capacity at municipal wastewater plants and reduces the generation of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.

  • The company reduced water usage by nearly 10%, electricity consumption decreased by 1% and overall fuel usage declined by 4% since 1999.
Also in 2003, the company received the Keep America Beautiful Vision Award for its overall environmental leadership.

The Internet-based report can be viewed on Anheuser-Busch’s environmental Web site.