Bottles vs cans

The news for longnecks gets even worse once you put them out for recycling. We recycle about 55% of our glass containers in New Zealand, some 200,000 tonnes a year. That’s more than double what can be processed in Auckland, at O-I New Zealand’s two smelters in Penrose. A third smelter is on the cards, but at a cost of $50 to $60 million it has already faced years of delays.

Our recommendations: drink less … or more, with a refillable swappa crate or two-litre plastic rigger (hey, it worked for jumpsuits). Brew your own. Go to the pub for a pint. Drink Kiwi beer from a can. When in Auckland, drink Kiwi beer from the bottle. If none of that appeals, at least make sure you drink local. Really local. There are microbreweries all over New Zealand; find the one nearest you and show them some low-beer-miles love.

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2 thoughts on “Bottles vs cans”

  1. I’ve wondered why more craft brewers don’t go for cans. The only one I know of is Leigh Sawmill Brewery.Is it a “snobby” thing, like in the early days of screwcaps on wine?

  2. Cans produced for micro breweries is very expensive /Leigh sawmill are the only ones in NZ that are bravely filling cans,it was a big gamble taken and now they put all there four main beers in cans.Is is not supermarket prices but the beer is very good/if u go there they will fill cans for you.I think he has several pallets of empty cans as bulk deal to make it worth while producing..He sells at some outlets in auckland with other merchanise and of course in bottles too..

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