Packaging R ES U LTS life-cycle assessments. Material usage can be reduced, for example, by applying process control at our suppliers' premises and wastage can be minimised by avoiding potential problems. Working with our suppliers, we have been able to reduce the thickness of steel used in crown cork closures, achieving a material saving of 13% in three years. The packaging waste generated at our production facilities is collected separately and recycled as much as possible. By these efforts, we have succeeded in reducing the volume of waste at our Schiltigheim plant in France by a factor of seven since 1993. Similar programmes were initiated at our plants in Mons-en-Baroeul and Marseilles (France) in 2000. We are also helping to find solutions to the problem of post-consumer waste. We encourage recycling through optimum packaging design and appropriate choice of materials. Clear disposal instructions are printed on our packaging to reduce litter. Wherever possible, we take direct action and support the activities of national and local organisations. For example, we have placed waste containers at a number of beaches in the Netherlands, at holiday resorts in France and at large stores in New Caledonia. Although we have no internal information on how our packaging materials are disposed of in the market, the industry-wide figures presented on the next page show the pack aging material mix and the recycling percentages. Packaging materials Cans, bottles, kegs Can lids, crown corks Adhesive/labels Tray Foil Pallets Inputs Electricity Water Water Steam Beer/soft drinks Filler Depalletise Washer Pasteuriser Packaging machines Palletise Pallets Waste streams Foil Waste water/labels Packaging waste Waste water Packaging waste HEINEKEN REPORT 2000-2001 SAFETY, HEALTH ENVIRONMENT 40

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