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ADM Corn Processing

Year Submitted: 2006

Process: Wastewater Treatment

Industry: Food/Beverage Manufacturing

Wastes Reduced: solids, BOD

Location: Columbus NE

No. of employees: 285

Contact: Hunter Flodman

Phone: 402-564-6353


Although most of the byproducts generated during corn processing at ADM are used in a beneficial manner, in the summer of 2005, source reduction opportunities and alternative disposal methods were investigated for those waste streams that were being landfilled. These included wastewater biosolids, wood waste, corncob waste, and ion exchange resins. In addition, disposal methods for excess and rarely used chemicals in the warehouse were determined, recommendations to the plant wide recycling program were made, and a comprehensive waste assessment of the Lube and Vehicle Maintenance Shop was performed.

P2 Application:

Wastewater biosolids, corncob, and wood waste management suggestions were made to reuse the organic material in an off-site composting process. Removing and disposing of rarely used and unused chemicals stored in the warehouse will reduce the risk of chemical release and employee injury. Recommendations to the recycling program will add structure to the program, have the potential to save ADM a large amount of resource expenses, and ensure ADM will maintain a sustainable operation.

  • Total Cost Savings: $107,550.00

Details of Reductions

  • 1,000,000.0 - Pounds of   landfilled waste
  • 43,700.0 - Pounds of   warehouse chemical
    Comments: savings in dollars unquantified.
  • 252,000.0 - Pounds of   landfilled corncob waste
  • 84,000.0 - Pounds of   wood waste

Additional Information :

Archer Daniels Midland Company is a world leader in agricultural processing of soybeans, corn, wheat, and cocoa. ADM Corn Processing in Columbus is a wet mill corn processing facility with 285 employees. Approximately 220,000 bushels of corn are processed per day and the major products are high fructose corn syrup and up to 100 million gallons of ethanol per year (by air permit limits). Other products produced include food grade starch, wet feed, liquid feed, road deicer, chicken feed, and germ.

Source: P2RIC

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