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Florida Bebidas Is Now "Zero Waste"

Do you think it possible to reuse all waste produced at home or in your workplace? If your answer is no, you're wrong, because it can be a reality. Florida Bebidas, the producer of Costa Rica's beers, bottled water and juices, is an example as the company becomes the first "zero waste" and reuses, recycles and co-processes almost 100 percent of all waste generated at their facilities.

The plan and the results were announced yesterday at the INBioparque in Heredia.

The company says its was able to process some 99.4% of waste from manufacturing plants, warehouses and administrative offices.

Florida Bebidas claims that 66.2% of waste generated was reused, 31.3% recycled and 1.9% co-processed, while the remaining 0.6% had no way of being processed.

An example given was that of the shell of bran used for the production of beer was turned into animal feed. Also sludgle from the wastewater treatment plant, after being hydrated, is used fro making compost.

"We need to see waste as seen by nature: not as waste but as an input for a new process", said yesterday Gisela Sanchez, director of corporate relations for Florida Bebidas.



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