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CUB to scrap plastic six-pack rings

CUB to scrap plastic six-pack rings

CUB has announced its Abbotsford brewery will no longer use plastic six-pack rings on cans.

The company says replacing plastic rings with cardboard packaging move will save more than 25 million of them from entering the environment each year.

CUB CEO Peter Filipovic noted: “Beer lovers can now enjoy their favourite beers from the can without worrying about their damaging effect on the environment.

“We’ve been around for 180-odd years. We’re determined to be around for another 180 and more, and our sustainability program is critical to that.

“We’ve sourced and tested the new packaging, installed the new equipment, and now the new packaging is running off the canning line at Abbotsford.

“Last year we made a commitment that 100% of our products will be in packaging that is returnable or made from majority-recycled content by 2025. The decision to stop using plastic six-pack rings is a major step towards achieving that.”

While consumers will start seeing the new packaging in coming weeks, it may take a couple of months for old stock to disappear entirely across the country.

The Abbotsford announcement follows the discontinuation of plastic six-pack rings at CUB's Cascade Brewery in Tasmania last year.

As part of its environmental commitments, the brewer will also stop using 137 tonnes of plain shrink wrap each year on slabs of cans in coming weeks. This will also be replaced with new cardboard packaging.