Equipment/Technology, Processing, fries, chips, Sustainability, Trends

How the bottom line is tied to wastewater treatment for processors

wastewater treatmentThis article looks at some real-world, win-win situations for treating wastewater and identifies some of the compelling reasons for food and beverage processors (including potato processors) to make some changes in the way they handle their wastewater. Frito-Lay’s 160,000-sq.-ft. facility in Casa Grande, AZ recycles up to 75 percent of production water back into the facility, has a 36-acre solar field that generates 10 million kWh of electrical power, has reduced its natural gas consumption by 80 percent with biomass boilers (which use recovered wood and agricultural waste for combustion) and sends less than 1 percent to landfill by recycling and alternative uses, such as cattle feed. This ambitious environmental sustainability project won gold LEED certification. J.R. Simplot Company’s process water treatment and return plant in Caldwell, ID was recognized by the WateReuse Association as its 2016 Industrial Project of the Year. Simplot consolidated the company’s french fry production for major customers into a single facility and created a zero-liquid discharge facility and produce effluent suitable for reuse in production. At Friweika eG, a potato processing facility in Weidensdorg (Germany), DAS Environmental Expert GmbH (Dresden) specialists were called in and worked out an innovative and effective solution for the company’s wastewater issues. More

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