Closed-Loop Keg Recycling
Beer Distributor uses Closed-Loop Keg Recycling to raise sustainability awareness.
Jolly Good Beer uses honest, transparent communication to increase recycling and improve the flow of waste material in the industry. Besides distributing to independent pubs and bars across the Midlands, East and South East England, it educates customers about the bigger environmental picture and the importance of handling sustainable plastics correctly.
KeyKegs are sustainable, designed-for-circularity Kegs that, once empty, can be recycled into the actual raw materials used to produce new KeyKegs. Each month, Jolly Good Beer collects around 750 empty KeyKegs for recycling that may otherwise have ended up as landfill, although it aims to collect many more across the regions.
The Jolly Good Beer team started collecting empty KeyKegs, in partnership with producer OneCircle, after local waste-management companies were unable to guarantee that circular materials are recycled correctly. Hospitality professionals from Yorkshire to London, East Anglia to the West Midlands, and everywhere in between, can now help the environment by returning all their empty KeyKegs through Jolly Good Beer. The amount of recycled material in each new KeyKeg will also steadily increase as more empty Kegs are collected, protecting precious natural resources.
Yvan Seth, Owner, Jolly Good Beer: “Jolly Good Beer is proud to be a part of the OneCircle recycling programme, through which we can offer our customers a better service whilst contributing to the reduction of single-use plastic waste in our industry. Through OneCircle we are sending tonnes of plastic Keg materials back to the manufacturer, to be made into more Kegs.”
Jolly Good Beer collects empty KeyKegs during deliveries, limiting the number of unnecessary journeys and reducing its carbon footprint. It then crushes and bundles the empty Kegs for OneCircle to collect. OneCircle shreds, separates and sorts the different plastics on an automatic recycling line to recover the raw materials. As much recycled material as possible is used to produce new KeyKeg parts, while the remainder is recycled for other uses.
Jolly Good Beer is a coldchain distributor of independent craft beer, cider, and other beverages.
Beyond good beer the business has a focus on customer service, and through being a Living Wage Employer and implementing full carbon offsetting has a strong focus on being a socially and environmentally ethical business. Details here.
OneCircle is a family business with global locations and Headquarters in The Netherlands.
OneCircle produces KeyKeg, a lightweight, strong, sustainable UK-made Keg that maximizes shelf life, keeps beverages fresh and allows them to be dispensed without CO₂. Wherever possible, empty KeyKegs are either collected by Collection Network partners to be recycled into new KeyKegs or added to local recycling programs. Details here.