Williams Bros Brewery to create KeyKeg recycling hub at Alloa Brewery

Scotland's largest independent brewery has joined the OneCircle initiative to create a new KeyKeg recycling hub for breweries across the central belt.

Published 10th Oct 2019
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

Williams Bros. Brewing Co, located in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, already provides a central hub for the bottling and packing of many of the country’s craft beers, stated that it will now use the space it has available at its site to create a collection and recycling hub where breweries in the region can send their empty KeyKegs.

Currently, the brewery team say that only 30 per cent of a KeyKeg is made from recycled material but the ambition is to make the kegs fully circular and that OneCircle is a big part of meeting that goal.

The Dutch company specialises in circular economy for complex compound thermoplastics - including plastic kegs.

Scott Williams, founder of the brewery, said: “We wanted to be a part of recycling and make sure that we were doing our bit for the environment. We are KeyKeg users so becoming part of the OneCircle initiative made perfect sense.

"We had the space to create the collection hub and house the compactor so that crushed kegs can be sent on for recycling and reuse.”

Annemieke Hartman from OneCircle added: "I am delighted that a renowned brewery like Williams Bros has decided to join the OneCircle initiative, helping KeyKeg users in Scotland make sure their packaging is recycled and reused.”

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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