Wine kegs go recyclable


The trend of delivering wine to restaurants in kegs to be more sustainable is getting even greener, with the introduction of recyclable wine kegs.

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The trend of delivering wine to restaurants in kegs to be more sustainable is getting even greener, with the introduction of recyclable wine kegs.

McMinnville-based Great Oregon Wine Company has become the first in the United States to introduce a fully recyclable wine kegs.

Other wine kegs are reusable, requiring restaurants to hold onto them, thoroughly clean them and transport them back to the wine source.

“If it’s not 100 percent clean, the wine can go bad,” said [Linda Lindsay, co-owner of Great Oregon Wine Company].

The recyclable kegs from German company Shäfer Container Systems can be tossed out with curbside recycling, and the kegs cost under $30 apiece. Each keg holds just shy of eight gallons, saving the winery money on packaging, which can run from $15 to $40 per case. One keg holds just over three cases worth of wine.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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