Photo from an Anheuser-Busch brewery tour
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Anheuser-Busch InBev, the largest brewer in the world, says that it has been recycling water since March at its flagship factory in China to support local public housing, Environmental Leader reports, adding that the company is considering the project for a wider roll-out. The project, from Environmental Leader:
has been treating 4,000 tons of production water a day and supplying 1,000 to the community. The water is supplying at least 2,400 families living in Huiminyuan, Hanyang's biggest government-subsidized housing development, where it is used for washrooms, landscaping and fire fighting.
Another 1,000 tons a day of recycled water are used in the brewery, and 2,000 tons are used by other companies in a nearby industrial park. Altogether the initiative will save the community and industrial park 1.5 million tons of fresh water a year, the company told Environmental Leader.
The company is reportedly considering expanding the project to its 32 other factories in China—but it's not exactly leading the pack in sustainability, since the China Alcoholic Industry Association said that 95 percent of Chinese beer companies recycle their wastewater.
What makes the AB InBev project new is that it's supposedly the first to use that recycled water for a socially responsible purpose, rather than discharge it into bodies of water. No word on whether the company has similar plans for factories outside of China.
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