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Ohio EPA Recognizes MillerCoors Trenton Brewery for Exceptional Environmental Stewardship
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler is honoring the MillerCoors Trenton Brewery today with a flag-raising event to highlight the facility’s many achievements in environmental stewardship in the local community. The Trenton brewery has achieved gold-level recognition in Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence program.
“Clean water is an essential ingredient to their product, and MillerCoors understands that it is vital to the company economically and to the local environment and public health,” Director Butler said. “I am pleased to honor MillerCoors for its environmental leadership.”
Ohio EPA’s E3 program recognizes businesses and other organizations for completing environmentally beneficial activities and serves as an incentive for companies to commit to ongoing environmental stewardship. E3 recognition has four levels: Achievement, Silver, Gold and the newest Platinum level.
The Trenton brewery, MillerCoors’ second largest, became the first MillerCoors facility to become a “zero waste” facility. None of the plant’s waste material has gone to landfills since 2009. It is either recycled or sent to businesses that turn food waste into energy production. Not only are cans and bottles recycled, but spent grain and spent yeast are used to make animal feed.
The Trenton brewery has significantly reduced water use, consistently exceeding the industry standard in their water-to-beer ratio, and even set a company record last June by using only 2.71 gallons of water for every gallon of beer.
The brewery has been able to sustain both energy and water improvements with the support of Sustainability Council members in each department who work to identify and track improvement opportunities and sustain those improvements through routine inspections and other standard work. On the wastewater side, the brewery has reduced nutrient discharges to the Great Miami River.
The facility also is saving energy, with projects ranging from installing more efficient lighting to converting to natural gas from coal. Converting to natural gas reduced emissions by more than 91 metric tons annually, a reduction that contributed to removing a regional low-emission gasoline requirement, saving Southwest Ohio motorists money at the gas pump.
“At MillerCoors, our goal is to use less water to brew more beer, and we work hard to preserve beer’s most essential ingredient,” said Denise Quinn, plant manager for the MillerCoors Trenton Brewery. “We are also proud to have raised the bar when it comes to reducing energy and greenhouse gases through more efficient and sustainable operations.”
To obtain recognition for stewardship, an organization can work through levels of recognition including Achievement at the base level; Silver Level recognizing outstanding accomplishments in environmental stewardship; and Gold Level recognizing comprehensive environmental stewardship programs. The new Platinum Level recognizes organizations that have expanded their environmental programs beyond their own facility to make a positive impact on the surrounding community. All levels require a commitment to meet or exceed environmental regulatory requirements.
Through the E3 program, Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance helps businesses receive recognition for environmental stewardship efforts. To learn more about the E3 program and the nomination process, please visit www.epa.ohio.gov/ohioe3.aspx or call 1-800-329-7518.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.