Waste and packaging

Bacardi primarily generates nonhazardous waste – mostly residue from agricultural ingredients we use to make our products.

Much of our waste is recycled, reused or recovered for beneficial use, such as agricultural fertilizer and animal feed. Only a very small proportion of our waste is hazardous waste – mostly waste alcohol.

Packaging is an integral part of our products and we strive to lessen any negative environmental effects, especially with regard to packaging weight.

Hazardous vs Non-Hazardous Waste Generation Volumes

Hazardous waste makes up only .02 percent of our total waste output. None was sent to landfill. In fiscal 2014, our waste volume rose by 24.3 percent from the previous year. This increase was related to the cleaning and refurbishing of two anaerobic digesters at one of our distilleries –making it necessary to send 40,000 tons of non-hazardous solid waste to landfill. This activity is required every ten years in order to maintain the efficiency of the digesters. Anaerobic digesters are used for wastewater treatment and generate the biogas used as fuel in the boilers.

A recent redesign of the MARTINI Asti bottle reduces glass weight and lower carbon emissions, while maintaining the iconic look. Minimal adjustments on the glass wall thickness, and changes on the bottle outside diameter deliver a 50 grams saving on each bottle. Savings in packaging and shipping costs are equivalent to 330 fewer cars on the road each year.”

Waste and Waste Management