UCBC Named One of 16 National WasteWise Award Winners by EPA
 

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company was recently named one of the Environmental Protection Agency’s sixteen national WasteWise Award Winners for our sustainability efforts, earning Small Business Partner of the Year in 2017. The WasteWise program recognizes organizations ranging from small nonprofits to large multinational corporations that demonstrate significant effort to prevent and divert waste.


At UCBC, sustainability has been one of our core values since we opened our doors in 2011. This commitment has earned us the only LEED certification (silver) for a brewery in the state of Missouri. In the previous calendar year, we diverted or repurposed 96-97% of our waste, including nearly 1.1 million pounds of spent grain and 28,000 pounds of wood pallets. Last year we added spent yeast to our waste diversion efforts through a partnership with Center Ethanol in Sauget, IL. The partnership has prevented approximately 400,000 pounds of spent yeast from entering the municipal waste stream to date.

“This is yet another excellent example of the EPA partnering with communities and organizations to achieve environmental and economic benefits through waste prevention and management. The WasteWise award winners have exemplified tremendous environmental stewardship and fiscal responsibility, and we commend their efforts,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

Last year, WasteWise partners collectively prevented and recycled over 355,801 tons of waste, saving $17.7 million in avoided landfill fees. Since the program started 23 years ago, partners have diverted 8.5 million tons of waste that would have otherwise been disposed of in landfills or incinerators. These actions – which include waste prevention, recycling, composting, and donation – have offset over $400 million in avoided landfill fees.
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