The trend toward wine-on-tap gets a boost with the first fully recyclable wine keg.
The recyclable kegs from German company Shäfer Container Systems can be tossed out with curbside recycling, and the kegs cost under $30 apiece. Each keg holds just shy of eight gallons, saving the winery money on packaging, which can run from $15 to $40 per case. One keg holds just over three cases worth of wine.
The kegs are pressurized with inert gas so the wine doesn’t oxidize once the keg has been tapped. The keg is lined with layers of metal foil to prevent leakage, and once it’s empty it goes out with the regular recycling. The kegs are strong enough that they can be stacked six high, if you’re planning a big weekend.
They have a video, if anyone is interested in the manufacturing process. Which, of course, no one is.