As the problem of keg and cask losses has grown, it has become apparent that an industry accredited and audited system for disposing of casks and kegs is essential to reduce the risk of misappropriation and enhance the chances of a successful prosecution in the event of illicit handling and disposing of containers.

The objective of the attached best practice is to ensure:

  • Containers are only sold or scrapped by the containers’ legitimate owner or their appointed representative.
  • Containers sold for scrapping are actually scrapped.

All scrap yards seeking accreditation must be sponsored by a brewery, ideally their closest local brewer. If BBPA members wish to nominate their local scrap yard for accreditation they should first provide a copy of the latest version of TC-423 to the yard before contacting Steve Livens at the BBPA with all necessary contact details who will coordinate the process further.

Kegwatch Ltd, on behalf of the industry, will carry out the accreditation process. Once completed, details will be posted on the BBPA website. Whilst we would recommend that brewers use only accredited scrap yards, the scheme is entirely voluntary and brewers are in no way obliged to do so.

Attached is a list of accredited scrap yards. Members can also access Technical Circular 423 which discusses Keg and Cask Disposal and Scrapping Best Practice.