Our stewardship of the waste that results from our business’ operations, including our efforts towards the responsible disposal of waste, pollution, brewery effluent and spent grain and the effective treatment of wastewater.
Stakeholder Groups Most Concerned: NGOs, Industry Groups and Local Communities; Government Agencies and Regulators; Employees
The challenge to reduce waste is paramount worldwide, especially since poor waste management contributes to environmental problems such as global warming, water and air pollution and more.
To this end, we are committed to effective waste management, which is essential to the nature of our business and our social responsibility, and we have adopted a waste management strategy that focuses on maximizing recycling.
In our operations, we generate different types of waste, ranging from spent yeast to general waste such as cartons and aluminum. Still, we believe that waste can be a resource. As such, we take what we can – and recycle it, in hopes of increasing the life cycle of our resources from cradle-to-cradle instead of cradle-to-grave.
For example, spent yeast and spent kieselguhr all form biowaste, which we recycle through the bioconversion process through black soldier flies. Meanwhile, the spent grain is recycled as food for cattle. General waste such as plastic, aluminum, glass cullets, paper and cartons are directly recycled while other non-recyclable waste is converted to energy via waste-to-energy (WTE) applications.
As such, Carlsberg Malaysia, as part of its TTZAB program, has committed to ZERO Waste to Landfill since November 2022, implementing various initiatives to minimize all non-hazardous waste going to landfills. We managed to divert 66.8 tonnes of waste from disposal. We are proud to share that in 2022, 89% of waste generated by our facilities was recycled and 11% was disposed of to landfills.
In terms of wastewater discharge, Carlsberg Malaysia adheres to an approved limit of below 200 g/m3 for Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) in its final discharge as set by the Department of Environment (DOE). This is in line with Standard B of DOE regulations, where we consistently maintain a COD level in our final discharge that is far below the legal requirement, as indicated in the graph above.
In line with our commitment, we introduced a new initiative in November 2022 to recycle 100% of our general waste. Going forward, we also aim to roll out strategies to reduce the usage of single-use plastics at the workplace, minimize the generation of waste in each operational process and adopt caustic recycling through best practices.