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In 2016, Simmons Foods received USPOULTRY’s Clean Water Award in the full treatment category for their processing facility in Southwest City, Missouri.
The Southwest City Complex treats an average wastewater flow of 2.28 million gallons per day that is generated from processing live poultry, rendering poultry byproducts and manufacturing feed ingredients for various animals.
Focused on reducing their environmental footprint, Simmons Foods converts 130 million pounds of wastewater skimmings into valuable feed ingredients for cattle. If not recycled in this way, these skimmimgs would be disposed in a landfill or land applied.
Innovative spirit lead Simmons to think outside the box by drawing on technology used in the citrus industry to process the high strength wastewater generated during the production of several high protein feed ingredients for animals. This technology passes waste heat from the rendering plant cookers through an evaporator to remove beneficial organic solids, including phosphorus. Rather than removing these materials in the wastewater treatment plant, they are removed upstream where they can be diverted back into the feed ingredient manufacturing process.
Simmons use of unique technology does not stop there. Recognizing odors coming from the rendering facility may impact their neighbors, personnel at the Southwest City plant installed thermal oxidizers that use heat to destroy odor compounds emitted from cookers operating in the rendering plant.
Another highlight of their operation is the facility’s water reuse program. The Southwest City Complex recycles between 300,000 to 350,000 gallons, or 18 percent, of the total water treated in the wastewater plant each day. The effort to recycle treated wastewater began in 1996 meaning the Southwest City plant has recycled roughly 2 billion gallons since this initiative began.
Simmons Foods takes great pride in its environmental stewardship and is always ready to share their story with the community.
Each year, Simmons hosts numerous environmental tours. Attendees include state officials, local community leaders and citizens representing Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Simmons Foods is committed to creating habitats that protect and increase the population of wildlife on and around their facility. Likewise, Simmons Foods strive to put practices in place that focus on protecting and enhancing the environment and natural resources.
Simmons Southwest City’s wastewater department believes treating their wastewater to the best of their ability is paramount to their success. Despite generating large volumes wastewater that varies greatly in its makeup and concentration of pollutant constituents, the facility continually discharges treated effluent at a quality that greatly exceeds the standards set in their discharge permit.
Commitment, innovation and passion – lofty principles and actions that made the Simmons Foods, Southwest City Missouri facility deserving of USPOULTRY’s 2016 Clean Water Award.
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