Assessing Opportunities to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Brewery Waste in Albania Public
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Breweries produce tons of organic solid waste and millions of liters of wastewater. When discharged into the environment without treatment, these waste streams degrade aquatic ecosystems and can pose risks to human health. Working with SHUKALB, our team investigated Albanian brewery practices and identified process improvements to reduce operating costs and breweries’ environmental impact. Our interviews with industry professionals, extensive on-site assessment, and surveys demonstrate that Albanian brewery processes compare favorably to global breweries except for a higher environmental impact due to no available industrial wastewater treatment. As costs influence brewery changes, we generated high-level recommendations for breweries to improve their environment impact.
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