Endeavour Group has rolled out a beer can clip reuse and recycling program, at select BWS and Dan Murphy stores.
The program will be a national first for an Australian retailer to initiate and develop a circular scheme for the reuse and recycle of can clips.
The scheme will function by allowing customers to place used can clips into a can clip collection unit in a BWS or Dan Murphy’s store. These items will then be collected by local independent breweries for reuse.
Once clips have been reused beyond their end of lifespan, they will be sent to Visy Recycling and converted into HDPE resin. Once this process is complete, clip producer PakTech will then create more clips for circulation.
Endeavour Group Quality & Sustainability Manager Diarmaid O’Mordha said that the program will support eh reuse of can clips, which can be reused more than 50 times.
“Can clips are a great option for a circular economy, but there have been no multi-state recycling options available for customers where they can return the clips so many end up in landfill, which is why we have initiated this industry-wide reuse and recycling scheme,” he said.
IBA’s Chief Executive Officer Kylie Lethbridge added that similar initiatives have been proven to be effective overseas.
“This new model reflects similar systems already in place in the US and Canada. It presents a great opportunity to manage and mitigate our impact on the environment as these clips will no longer end up in landfill,” she said.
Customers can find the recycling units in the following BWS and Dan Murphy’s stores. Endeavour Group is aiming to roll out the recycling scheme in more stores later this financial year.
NSW: Dan Murphy’s Alexandria, Dan Murphy’s Willoughby, Dan Murphy’s Leichhardt, Dan Murphy’s Manly Vale, BWS Marrickville, BWS Glebe, BWS Mascot
VIC: Dan Murphy’s Brunswick East, Dan Murphy’s Collingwood, Dan Murphy’s Prahran, BWS Richmond, BWS Brunswick, BWS Fitzroy
QLD: Dan Murphy’s Newstead, Dan Murphy’s Woolloongabba, BWS West End Boundary Street, BWS Nundah Village, BWS Ashgrove