Need help with empty KeyKegs? Need to know how to disconnect, deflate and follow sustainable KeyKeg disposal methods that are better for the environment? Connect with our sustainability-focused team and ask how best to do this or follow our specifications and guidelines.
KeyKeg is easy to disconnect. Disconnecting is the reverse of connecting. To disconnect a Keg before following sustainable KeyKeg disposal methods, lift the KeyKeg-coupler handle up to unlock the connection, then turn the coupler to the left to remove it.
Your disconnected empty KeyKegs can then be recycled for a circular economy. With the help of our Return Network Partners, we gather and process as many empty KeyKegs as possible. We recover and reuse the actual raw materials used to produce new Kegs.
Deflating KeyKegs before KeyKeg disposal is also easy. Deflation should be done as soon as possible after a KeyKeg is empty, once the beverage has been dispensed to almost the last drop. Always deflate in a well-ventilated area if dispense gas is CO2. KeyKegs can be deflated using the built-in deflating valve on the KeyKeg coupler, if present, or by using a red deflating tool available from our Webshop. Place the red deflating tool on the KeyKeg connection, press down and turn clockwise to deflate. Keep the red deflating tool to use again and again.
We have created a video for you to watch that demonstrates the KeyKeg deflation process.
Your dispense-system lines get fouled by the distinct properties and ingredients used in beverages. Cleaning your lines with the right cleansing agent and process is important. It keeps beverages as fresh and flavoursome as possible for consumers, eliminates variability and allows frontline staff pour consistently. Consult with a tap service to get the right advice for your situation!
Besides periodically cleaning your dispense system, we advise you to regularly rinse the lines with water using a cleaning bottle or a cleaning connector for wall mounting. These accessories are available from our Webshop. Connect the KeyKeg adapter to a filled cleaning bottle, attach a KeyKeg coupler to the adapter, allow pressure to build in, then rinse the lines.
We have created a video for you to watch that demonstrates how to clean a dispense installation.
Disconnecting and deflating your empty KeyKegs is only the first step in a circular economy. Do you know that because KeyKeg is recyclable and circular, you can return your empty KeyKegs for us to reuse the circular-material for new KeyKegs? The more that are returned, the more we increase our circularity, which is better for the environment. This is why we emphasise choosing the right KeyKeg disposal methods. Reusing the raw materials is better than seeing our Kegs face incineration or landfill. Our Return Partner Network furthers our sustainability goals by providing collections and/or drop-off points where available.
Use the red, reusable KeyKeg deflating tool or built-in deflating switch on Micro Matic couplers to deflate KeyKegs. Always do this in a well-ventilated area if your dispense gas is CO2. Depending upon your area, there are several options for deflated, empty KeyKegs.
Watch our video about how to deflate KeyKegs.
Our growing Return Partner Network helps us achieve our bold sustainability goals. They handle empty KeyKegs in various countries around the world, collecting them for us to reuse the circular-materials. Where available, Return Partners facilitate great recycling initiatives that complement your existing waste-management streams. Find a UK Return Partner here. To make sustainability a truly global effort, we are actively seeking new partners in your area to collect empty KeyKegs or be a drop-off point.
“KeyKeg is the global industry gold standard in sustainable, circular, lightweight kegs, so to be able to partner with them is a great fulfilment of our promise to our customers. Through KeyKeg, we’re looking forward to continuing to deliver our absolute commitment to quality beer and incredible customer service.”
Commercial & Marketing Director, Loughran Brewers Select
“As a brewer I need a canvas to display my art. UniKegs are the perfect canvas. They are reliable and sanitary, and they allow the quality of my beer to shine through. They are a great product, supported by excellent customer service. With one call I order a truckload of UniKegs for immediate delivery.”
Brewmaster at Mountain Fork Brewery
“KeyKeg shares our passion and drive for sustainability by maintaining wine quality while also being kinder to the planet. Green Roots Wine and KeyKeg is the most sustainable way to drink fresh wine, by an absolute mile.”
Chief Executive Officer at Green Roots Wine
“After investigating various vessels, we found that KeyKeg offers the best protection. It keeps wine away from dispense gas to maintain the high quality our customers expect. Furthermore, KeyKeg’s light weight and recycled materials make it the right sustainable choice for us.”
"Binit believes a circular economy is the only way to bring about a shared, prosperous future that is not damaging to the planet. We aim to keep materials circulating at their highest value for as long as possible and this means getting them back into the right supply chain. Our partnership with KeyKeg in the South West does just that."
Co-founder and CEO, Binit