As a distributor of beverages, we have a special responsibility to raise the bar on practicing and promoting environmental stewardship. After all, beverage containers are the most recycled consumer package in the United States. But, environmental responsibility goes way beyond recycling aluminum cans and plastic soda bottles.


  • All beverage containers we sell and distribute are 100% recyclable. 
  • We use reusable plastic trays to distribute over 80% of our beverage products. The remaining products are distributed in recyclable corrugated boxes.
  • 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.
  • We provide a comprehensive recycling education program for schools in our market, including recycling education materials, custom signage, and recycle bins.
  • We participate in “Get Caught Recycling,” a statewide program that encourages consumers to reduce and awards their participation; the annual Keep America Beautiful campaign; and the annual Spring Great American Cleanup event.
  • Forklift and power jack equipment use smart chargers to save energy and extend the life of batteries.
  • Warehouse lighting has been upgraded to high output T8 fixtures and occupancy sensors for energy savings.
  • We’re members of Minnesota’s Waste Wise Program.
  • Bernick’s is committed to sound water management, including conservation, watershed protection, stewardship accountability, and innovation.

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

Fast Facts

  • Over the years, beverage containers have been light weighted to reduce the amount of material, while 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.
  • Aluminum cans contain 52% previously used and recycled aluminum 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.
  • Plastic beverage bottles contain up to 25% recycled content.