Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2021. 5:48 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma: Today, Bowen and Bowen announced that it has increased recycling capacity in its commitment to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
The company says that when Crystal Bottling Company and Belize Brewing Company were established in 1944 and 1969, respectively, their main products – beer and carbonated beverages – were all packaged and sold in returnable glass bottles.
Bowen says that it continues to promote and market returnable glass for its superior consumer experience and low environmental impact.
According to the company, glass represents 100% of its beer sales and approximately 60% of its soft drink business.
For the soft drink business not in glass, the company collects, bales, and exports the plastic bottles returned by consumers. This effort started with one baler at the Ladyville Sales Centre.
The company has since installed balers at 5 locations across Belize and explained that returned bottles are perforated first to allow for better compaction and then baled.
The bales are exported to neighboring countries for recycling. There, the material is returned to pellet form and recycled for other beneficial uses. B&B Beverages has one of the highest recycling rates in the global Coca-Cola system.
The company says that about 55% of bottles are returned, which translates to almost 300 tons of packaging that would otherwise end up in landfills.
Bowen and Bowen noted that it plans to increase this amount to continue benefitting Belize and the world.
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