The most troublesome environmental aspect at Advance Brands is the high BOD in the plant's wastewater. To improve effluent quality and reduce the treatment, sewer, and compliance costs, the company wishes to minimize the organic loading of the wastewater coming into its pretreatment facility.
Currently, the caustic cleaning chemical used to sanitize the ovens and fryers each night is drained to the wastewater pretreatment unit in large batches. This large volume of high-pH caustic disrupts the treatment system and the BOD discharge increases rapidly. By installing a clarifier tank on the production floor, the company will be able to reuse the caustic for several consecutive nights. This will reduce usage of the cleaning chemical and the acid used to neutralize it in the wastewater pretreatment unit.
Details of Reductions
Additional Information :
Advance Brands, L.L.C. is a joint venture between Advance Foods of Enid, Oklahoma and the
Excel Corporation of Wichita, Kansas. At its production facility in Orange City, the company
processes purchased meat into ready-to-eat consumer goods such as chicken nuggets and fajita
meat, and then distributes these products to grocery stores nationwide.