The objective of the Can 2 Can project is to collect used
aluminum cans so that they can be recycled into
aluminum sheets, which is the raw material used
in beverage can production. It is a cooperative
effort between ThaiBev and its direct supplier,
the aluminum can manufacturer, and an indirect
supplier, the aluminum sheet manufacturer.
Thai Beverage Recycle Co., Ltd. (TBR) is responsible for collecting the cans and delivering them to the aluminum sheet manufacturer. Since the project began in June 2019, 703 tons of cans have been retrieved. This amounts to a total of 52 million cans, which represents 14 percent of the total volume of ThaiBev products sold in Thailand. The Can 2 Can program generates income for small-scale waste collectors. It also has the potential to reduce the energy used in the can manufacturing process by up to 95 percent, compared to the use of new aluminum.
This represents a transformation of the bottle sorting process using
cutting-edge technology. The development is a collaboration
between internal departments, including Thai Beverage Recycle
Co., Ltd. (TBR), the Office of Information and Technology,
BevTech Co., Ltd., and a world-leading university in computer
science, technology and robotics to study the use of Artificial
Intelligence (AI) technology in the TBR bottle sorting process. This
project is an advanced and efficient modification to Octopus, the
automatic bottle-sorting mechanism invented by ThaiBev. Instead
of having humans visually inspect the bottles, AI can learn and
recognize the different patterns of defects presented in used
glass bottles, reducing eye muscle fatigue among employees.
This new technology allows ThaiBev to deliver used glass bottles with zero risk of human error. In addition, the cost of transporting defective bottles is minimized, as well as reducing losses from rinsing bottles that are not suitable for reuse, and allows for a reduction in the number of people re-screening at the packing line. These employees will be switched to work in other areas that add more business value to the company.
A significant amount of glass packaging is being exported from Thailand for the production of beverages in Myanmar. One of the major buyers of glass bottles is the Grand Royal Group (GRG), a leading producer and distributor of spirits in Myanmar. As there is no cullet recycling plant nor glass bottle production plant in Myanmar, glass scraps become harmful waste that poses both social and environmental threats. In an effort to resolve this problem, ThaiBev collaborated with GRG to retrieve cullet from Myanmar using reverse logistics. As a consequence, this cullet can now be handled in a responsible manner and recycled by glass bottle manufacturers.
ThaiBev collaborates with its suppliers to create eco-friendly packaging designs and promote energy efficient packaging production processes. In the past year, a project has been initiated to study the Narrow Neck Press and Blow (NNPB) process in the manufacturing of large clear glass bottles. This technology allows the manufacturing of large-size lightweight bottles, requiring less resources and energy, while maintaining the same levels of durability.
A novel design feature of ThaiBev’s OISHI Readyto- Drink UHT Green Tea. This modern design originated from an internal management training program called the Management Development Program (MDP), where a collaboration between marketing, sales, and production departments resulted in a new innovation. The new UHT packaging is designed to be more eye-catching and eco-friendly.
Sorting different types of packaging and reducing of the amount of landfill waste. TBR is responsible for the post-consumption packaging collection and sorting process. TBR buys all types of ThaiBev packaging materials such as glass bottles, cans, plastic bottles, PET bottles, cardboard boxes, etc. Currently, there are over 30 purchasing locations nationwide.
Post Consumption packaging materials
can be collected and used as raw
materials for manufacturing new
products. In the past year, ThaiBev
reused over 1,555 million glass
bottles, and collected 100,000
tons of cullet to be recycled, which
is equivalent to 75 percent* of the
products sold by the company.
*based on packaging weight from sales volume in FY2019
This involves retrieving used PET bottles and sending them to suppliers for recycling. In the past year, 5 tons of PET bottles have been retrieved for recycling.