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Industrial Bottle washing

With a capacity of 24 million bottles per year, Univerre is number 1 in Switzerland in industrial bottle cleaning. The bottle cleaning plant in the canton of Valais enables precise control of the entire process.
We guarantee the highest hygiene standards and use biodegradable products. Due to the constant microbiological controls and the positive eco-balance, Univerre is your excellent partner for industrial bottle cleaning.

Best practices: Bottle washing facilities to encourage reuse

Over 40 years’ experience in industrial bottle washing

Industrial bottle cleaning since 1987

Univerre has been washing bottles at Sierre in the canton of Valais since 1987.

Number 1 in Switzerland for industrial bottle washing

Univerre is number 1 in Switzerland for industrial bottle washing.

Capacity of 24 million bottles for industrial bottle washing per year

Capacity of 24 million bottles a year for industrial bottle washing

8 million bottles washed per year

Univerre currently washes 8 million bottles a year and supplies all of Switzerland.

Univerre – Sustainable since 1987

Since 1987, Univerre has played a central role in Switzerland by washing glass bottles. An optimally functioning deposit system has been put in place.

Awareness of the ecological impact of single-use packaging has grown. Although the reuse and washing of glass bottles declined in the 2000s, it remains a tried-and-tested practice in the catering trade and among winegrowers and brewers. The reuse of glass packaging is representative of a circular economy, where glass containers are collected, cleaned and put back into the circuit after their first use. We are convinced that the bottle-washing process significantly reinforces the circular economy, making an important contribution to sustainable development.

Whereas around 20 million bottles were washed each year in Sierre in the 1990s, this figure has now dropped to 8 million,

a clear sign of the existing potential.

Whereas around 20 million bottles were washed each year in Sierre in the 1990s, this figure has now dropped to 8 million,

Glass and its infinite Life

A washed and scratched bottle can be much more than a simple container; it becomes an ambassador for sustainability.

Every brand of wear tells the story of its long-standing commitment to the environment. Consider that a bottle can be filled 1-2 times a year and reused up to 30 times. This reveals its true potential: a single bottle could circulate for 15 to 30 years. During this time, it not only helps to reduce waste, but also becomes a living example of how we can protect our planet through conscious consumption and reuse.

A bottle filled 1-2 times a year can be reused up to 30 times, revealing its potential:

in circulation for 15-30 years.

A bottle filled 1-2 times a year can be reused up to 30 times, revealing its potential:

The advantages of industrial bottle washing with Univerre

Environmental benefits

Reuse reduces CO2 emissions by 85%. An impressive difference compared to a disposable product.

Our 100% electric Forklift truck reduce CO2 emissions.

The photovoltaic system is directly connected to the washing, with an estimated annual output of 247,000 kWh.

100% recycling of capsules and labels

Technical advantages

For bottle disinfection, we use ozone rinsing to guarantee sterile wine delivery.

The return rate for returnable bottles generally exceeds 90%.

The lye in the washer is permanently filtered.

Rinsing water is used to wash harasses and frames.

Univerre focuses on quality and a sustainable future

The 12,000 bottles washed per hour in Sierre are subject to very precise controls:

Checking for foreign bodies.

Final visual inspection by a member of staff.

Check for residual liquids.

Periodic checks carried out by an engineering school to guarantee impeccable quality.

Checking the entire bottle for cracks or breaks.

Insurance covering any potential incident resulting from the bottle washing process.

The importance sustainability for your company

Recycling and reusability are crucial factors in today’s world where sustainability is becoming increasingly important. This trend highlights the growing importance of recyclability as an indispensable characteristic of packaging. But, while recycling is essential, it’s not always the most sustainable option. Reusability is equally important in reducing waste and promoting a circular economy.

The Mckinsey Study conducted by Felix Grünewald and Markus Play, associate partners at McKinsey & Company Switzerland, recently provided an insightful overview of global surveys on the packaging industry. Their presentation highlighted the increasing demand for sustainability at all stages of the packaging value chain as the most important trend directly impacting the industry.

The growing awareness of sustainability, particularly among Generation Z (those born between 1997 and 2012), is leading to more conscious decisions about sustainable packaging when selecting products to purchase. This shift is reflected in the MCkinsey study, which reveals that both Generation Z and its predecessor, Generation Y, are increasingly willing to pay for sustainable packaging options. Implying that glass packaging really is the future.

At a time when the importance of sustainability is more apparent than ever, McKinsey’s study shows that sustainable packaging has become a critical factor for many consumers. This trend is driving companies in the packaging industry to focus more on sustainable materials and processes to meet the needs of a more environmentally conscious market.

These insights underscore the importance of choosing packaging wisely. As companies navigate the evolving landscape of packaging trends and regulations, it’s important to stay attuned to consumer preferences and to make informed choices that prioritize sustainability and meet consumer expectations. By doing so, companies can not only meet regulatory requirements but also build trust and loyalty among customers who are increasingly prioritizing sustainability in their purchasing. Therefore, our bottle cleaning services offer an excellent solution for businesses that want to reduce their environmental impact.

EU regulations concerning plastic use

The Single-Use Plastic (SUP) Directive is an EU regulation aimed at reducing the consumption of single-use plastic products, such as cutlery, plates, straws, and cotton buds. The Directive also requires member states to take measures to reduce the consumption of other single-use plastics, such as food containers and beverage cups.

The SUP Directive can influence a company in several ways. Firstly, companies that produce and sell single-use plastic products will be affected as their products will be subject to the regulations of the Directive. These companies may need to modify their products or find alternative materials to comply with the requirements of the Directive.

Secondly, companies that use single-use plastic products in their operations, such as packaging materials, may also be impacted. These companies may need to find alternative materials or reduce their use of single-use plastics to comply with the regulations.

Lastly, the SUP Directive can also influence companies by creating new business opportunities for those that provide sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics. Companies that offer reusable or recyclable alternatives may see an increase in demand as consumers and businesses seek to reduce their environmental impact.

In summary, the SUP Directive can influence a company by requiring them to modify their products or find alternative materials to comply with the regulations, reducing their use of single-use plastics in their operations, and creating new business opportunities for sustainable alternatives.