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27th June 2023

Record results for Greene King’s annual Tub2Pub recycling scheme

Greene King’s popular Tub2Pub recycling scheme has enjoyed a record-breaking year saving over 25,000 plastic tubs from landfill and raising more than £5,000 for charity.

This year, 2,900kg of empty plastic sweets and biscuits tubs were collected at Greene King pubs; that is 25,217 plastic tubs which would otherwise risk ending up in landfill.

The record collection means £5,191 has been raised for Greene King’s charity partner, Macmillan Cancer Support.

It is the third year Greene King has partnered with co-cre8, who specialises in recycling the polypropylene tubs into granulated plastic, to run the Tub2Pub initiative. The resulting plastic granules from the recycled tubs are then used to make outdoor furniture by DCW Polymers.

Customers could take their empty tubs to 1,600 Greene King pubs nationwide in January and February for recycling. These tubs cannot always be recycled at many of the usual kerbside waste collections so the network of pubs provided convenient drop-off points and a recycling solution.

Delighted to announce the record 2023 results, Vance Fairman-Smith, Greene King’s supply chain director, said: “This is a fantastic effort and shows a brilliant way that our pubs can work with our customers and our communities to tackle waste and reduce the impact on the environment. These tubs are traditionally given over the festive season so it’s ideal for our pubs to act as collection points at the start of the year. Tub2Pub is good for customers, the environment and good for charity. Thank you to everyone who has helped us reduce the number of tubs going to landfill and raise money for Macmillan at the same time.”

Tub2Pub demonstrates Greene King’s environmental ambitions to run its business in a sustainable way and minimise its impact on the planet. The company holds the Carbon Trust’s Zero Waste to Landfill standard which covers its managed pubs and breweries, depots and support centres.

It has committed to a 50% reduction of Scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions (direct and indirect) by 2030 through the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) and a net zero target of 2040. Greene King is also a founding member of the Zero Carbon Forum comprising hospitality and brewing businesses who are working together to reach carbon net zero.


About Greene King:

Greene King is the country’s leading pub company and brewer with c.2,600 pubs, restaurants and hotels across England, Wales and Scotland.

At Greene King we are passionate about delivering our purpose to ‘pour happiness into lives’. That’s for our customers, our team, our pub partners, our suppliers and the communities in which we live, operate and serve. Founded in 1799 with offices in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk and Burton on Trent in Staffordshire we employ around 39,000 people across the group with four divisions: Greene King pubs, Destination Brands, Partnership and Ventures, and Brewing & Brands.

  • Greene King pubs are located where people and communities come together; pubs enjoyed in cities, towns and villages throughout the country
  • Destination Brands is a mixture of food and drink-led brands including Hungry Horse, Farmhouse Inns, Chef & Brewer, Wacky Warehouse, and Pub & Carvery, Pub & Dining and Pub & Grill
  • Partnerships & Ventures includes Pub Partners, which runs our tenanted and leased pubs business and Hive Franchise pubs, and our Ventures Brands which is made up of Metropolitan Pub Company, Hickory’s, Hotels Group and Crafted Pubs

Brewing & Brands covers the brewing sides of the business. Quality ales are brewed at the Westgate brewery in Bury St Edmunds and the Belhaven Brewery in Dunbar. Our industry-leading portfolio includes Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen, Abbot Ale, Ice Breaker and Belhaven Best and our premium beers, Level Head and Flint Eye, brewed for the modern-day drinker.

Contact: Greene King Press Office

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