Sierra Nevada hosts zero waste tour

Mar 17, 2014 7:21 PM

Brewing beer can be a dirty job.

But at the Sierra Nevada Brewery, they create big taste and leave behind little waste.

“We currently divert 99.8 percent of our total solid waste from landfills,” said Cheri Chastain, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. sustainability supervisor.

That means just .02 percent of all the brewery’s solid waste--the food scraps, discarded packaging and even keg caps--end up in landfills. This commitment to the environment has made this Chico-based brewery an industry leader in green business practices. And on Monday afternoon, they shared their sustainability secrets with others.

“We are getting trashy,” Chastain said. “We're talking about zero waste and specifically what business can do to go zero waste and essentially reduce what they're sending to landfills.”

Many of the attendees said they filled up on useful information which plan to take home and implement in their workplaces.

“You can always learn more from people that have been doing it longer than you have,” said Jessica Taff, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows sustainability supervisor. “I’m sure I’ll have a great brainstorming session with my co-workers after we leave here.”


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