In today’s climate, incorporating sustainability is a crucial aspect for any business to thrive. It is also increasingly important for organizations to have third-party review to verify its achievements. That’s exactly what Sleeman Breweries did for its Guelph facility to become Canada’s first brewery to achieve 3RCertified status.
Established in 2012, 3RCertified is a voluntary program originally funded by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks that evaluates how organizations manage solid waste using pre-established criteria. Status is awarded at one of four levels based on the total number of points earned following on-site third-party evaluation. 3RCertified also helps business understand their waste diversion and disposal performance, and most importantly, track and measure performance against goals.
“Our approach to waste is to simply avoid it wherever possible,” says Dave Klaassen, VP of Operations & Logistics at Sleeman Breweries. “We are proud to offer our customers and employees the knowledge that we are taking active steps to divert as much material as possible from disposal at our Guelph facility, and look forward to continuing to meet our sustainability goals.”
“3RCertified is the only program in Canada that directly supports businesses and institutions to measure, report, and improve waste reduction and recycling practices,” says Jo-Anne St. Godard, Executive Director, Recycling Council of Ontario. “Sleeman Breweries’ 3RCertified Gold achievement is truly exemplary. The care and attention to waste reduction efforts demonstrates their leadership and underpins the potential benefits that comes with it. They are setting an example for their industry and beyond.”
Highlights of Sleeman’s Waste Reduction Initiatives:
Sleeman also looks beyond short-term needs and considers long-term impacts of the goods and services it buys. Sleeman’s procurement policy requires vendors to supply goods with minimal packaging, and accept goods for return at end-of-life for reuse and recycling.
Waste reduction requires continuous improvement and commitment across all organizational levels. Facilities that are interested in improving their waste reduction and recycling, as well as potential cost savings, can visit 3RCertified.ca for more information.