Alcoholic products such as wine and beer need to be destroyed for several reasons including a recall by the FDA, expiration, or quality control. For example, the FDA demanded that over 400,000 alcoholic energy drinks be destroyed due to high caffeine levels. Fortunately, the product was converted into aluminum, cardboard, and ethanol in a nearby destruction/recycling plant, so it was not a total waste.
For large amounts of alcohol coming from a distributor or manufacturer, there are several requirements to safely destroy and recycle these items. They can’t simply be taken to a nearby recycling center as they are normally not equipped to handle what is considered “hazardous waste” by the EPA. Also, if your company decides to handle the transporting of expired alcohol, there are DOT transport requirements as well. Per the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), you’re responsible for any hazardous waste you “generate” from “from cradle to grave.” This includes its generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal—even if it’s “only beer.”
Some manufacturers allow their distributors to handle the destruction of their products. This can often result in heavily discounted items that are not guaranteed to live up to the standards of the manufacturing companies which could result in bad customer experiences and reviews.
So, why not leave it to the experts?
Benefits Your Business
Using professional product destruction services is extremely beneficial to your business. Demolishing expired or damaged products such as wine and beer helps protect your brand and keep your items out of the discount bins or grey market. After all, you don’t want to be linked with products that fail to meet your standards and don’t adhere to your company values.
Product destruction gives you what you want most…peace of mind when it comes to protecting your business and reputation.
Benefits Your Consumers
Destroying your expired or recalled items benefits consumers. Sometimes, products fail quality control checks when they do not meet standards. Products fail inspection for many reasons, including safety, so eliminating them helps protect consumers. Product destruction ensures that your consumers will only receive quality items and keeps your reputation intact.
Benefits The Environment
Every product destruction method American Shredding uses works to keep whole materials out of landfills. Shredded papers and crushed products can go through recycling and find new life. Our goal is to eliminate commercial waste without introducing it back into the environment, where it will wreak havoc and add to global warming.
At American Shredding, our shredded and destroyed material is combined with material from multiple other sources, baled, and recycled to make new products. This way, you get the best of both worlds: brand security and environmental protection.
American Shredding offers shredding and recycling services to help you protect your product brand and do your part to protect the planet. We can shred on-site at your location or off-site at our secure plant.
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