360 end falling foul of litter laws

Littering laws from the 1960s and 1970s are holding back expansion plans for a US brewer.

Sly Fox Brewing Company, which recently introduced the first cans to feature Crown’s 360 end, has run into trouble with some rather old littering laws.

It seems quite a few American states have laws making cans that feature detachable metal illegal laws based on pull-tabs released in the 1960s and early 1970s.

As a result the current laws are preventing the Pennsylvania brewer from shipping their Helles Golden Lager, the only one of their distributed beers that features the lids, to nearby states such as New York and New Jersey.

Brian Thiel, regional sales manager for the can maker’s Crown Cork & Seal has previously been quoted admitting anti-littering laws in 36 states might prevent the can’s proliferation.

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