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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
The Miller Coors brewery in Albany is now operating as one of six landfill-free breweries in the country. That means it now recycles more than 99 percent of its waste.
"We feel like this environmental stewardship is a part of our responsibility, said Brewery Vice President Tim Dill. "Sustainability is a part of our responsibility as a beer company."
The project that they've been working on for several years now eliminates 40 tons of waste per month that was previously sent to a landfill.
"Well those forty tons of things left over were things like floor sweepings, things that were wet or things that we couldn't put into our recycling stream," said Engineer David Dixon.
Miller Coors invested $100,000 in new equipment for its waste reduction efforts. Their recycling center recycles glass, cardboard and aluminum cans.
"It really pays off because we spend some money but we actually make a lot of money," said Dixon. "We actually make over a million dollars a year in bi-product sales that come right back to the brewery so we can use them again in the facility. So recycling really does pay."
Leftover brewers grain is shipped to cattle ranches in South Georgia and North Florida as cattle feed while left over brewers yeast is sent to Thomasville and used as pet food. Mayor Dorothy Hubbard hopes that other companies in Albany follow suit.
"They are setting the standard, they are the leaders in this arena right now and I'm hoping that everybody else will follow suit," said Mayor Hubbard.
The company originally set a deadline to become landfill free by 2015 but reached the goal early. Miller officials say they're currently working on money-saving water conservation projects. They hope to make a major announcement about that within the next six months.