Section HEader






Bernick's Commitment to the Environment

Respecting the Environment
• Committed to sound water management, including; conservation, watershed protection, stewardship accountability, and innovation.
• We provide a comprehensive recycling education, program for schools in our market; including recycling education materials, custom signage and recycle bins.

Fast Facts
• All beverage containers that we sell and distribute are 100% recyclable.
• Beverage containers are the most recycled consumer package in the United States.
• Over the years, beverage containers have been light weighted to reduce the amount of material yet still protecting beverage product quality.
• In 1972 it took 45 pounds of aluminum to produce 1000 beverage cans. Today it only takes 29 pounds to produce the same number of cans.
• The 20-ounce plastic container, first introduced in the early 1990's has been light weighted by 13%, saving millions of pounds of material annually.
• Bernick's uses reusable plastic trays to distribute over 80% of our beverage products. The remaining products are distributed in recyclable corrugated boxes.
• Aluminum cans contain 52% previously used/recycled aluminum cans.
• Plastic beverage bottles contain up to 25% recycled content.

Our Record Beyond Containers:
• All Bernick's facilities have successful waste minimization programs in place. Waste has been reduced by 70% by working with our waste haulers and separating recyclable material from general trash.
• Shipping materials such as polyethylene film, pallets and shipping containers are returned to our suppliers for re-use.
• Our fleet of sales and delivery vehicles are maintained through preventative maintenance and regularly scheduled service. Vehicles operate efficiently and safely.
• All of our vending machines, coolers and fountain equipment have been converted to environmentally safe refrigerants as approved by the EPA.

Our Programs
• "Get Caught Recycling" - A statewide program that encourages consumers to reduce and awards their participation.
• Help communities and schools establish recycling programs through education and support materials.
• Participate in the annual Keep America Beautiful campaign.
• Participate in the annual Spring Great American Cleanup event.
• Members of Minnesota's Waste Wise Program.

What Can You Do?
• Never litter, dispose of all waste appropriately.
• Sort your recyclables from the rest of your trash.
• Participate in your communities’ curbside recycling or drop off programs.
• Help start a recycling education program in your community or school. We have tools to help you.

For further information email to or call 320-252-6441 or 800-627-0287 or visit the MN Beverage Association web site, and the WI Beverage Association web site,