2015 Sustainability Report

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A food processing and packaging facility uses water in a number of ways and we are constantly looking for ways to reduce the amount of fresh water that we draw from the local municipal system. At the end of 2012, our canning facility installed seven new thaw chambers to help save on our in-process water usage, which was just one of many ways we sought to increase water conservation. Another effort, brought forth through employee awareness, was to start monitoring our wash down hoses to prevent waste water when not in use. By the end of 2015, we met and exceeded our 2020 goal for water efficiency, reducing water per case of packaged product by 20.7 percent.
Responsible Waste Water Management

We have an onsite water treatment facility which captures water from the thaw room, retort cooling and cleaning activities. The treatment facility separates solids and treats the water, which is then pumped to holding ponds. Water from our administrative activities is collected separately and sent to the local municipal waste water treatment facility.

Chicken of the Sea uses and discharges a significant amount of water at its canning facility in Lyons, Georgia. To ease the burden on the local county’s municipal waste water treatment facilities, we have developed our own, onsite waste water treatment process. By treating the water directly on our property, we are able to treat 340,000 gallons of water a day and use a Land Application System (LAS) to grow more than 130 acres of hayfields in the process.

The waste water, which originates in our canning facility, is drained into lift stations in the back of the facility. The waste water then undergoes pretreatment via a Dissolved Air Floatation Unit (DAF) that reduces the amount of oils and fats to within permitted levels.

The removed ingredients come out in the form of sludge, which is then removed by an animal food and byproduct company that picks it up and renders usable products from it. 

After pretreatment, the waste water is pumped to a holding pond at the farm where it is aerated to reduce the nitrogen and Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD). The waste water is sprayed on the land at a slow rate allowing complete infiltration of the soil. A high level of treatment is achieved as wastewater percolates through the soil and biological systems. Wastewater is utilized by plants and acted upon by soil organisms. 

Overall, 130 acres of hayfields are thriving through our highly efficient LAS system that is able to transform waste water into a viable resource.
Holding Pond.jpg Holding Pond
Production Facility Permits
In 2016, our primary production site was granted an extended period to obtain a waste water pre-treatment permit in conjunction with the terms of a consent decree from the state Environmental Protection Division. We are in the process of obtaining the appropriate permit, and we have paid a consent order of $30,000, which serves as a temporary permit allowing us to continue operations until we satisfy the action plan. 

We are currently in the process of renewing our LAS (Land Application System) permit and working on Corrective Action Plan to ensure our permits are up to date and our action plan is completed. 
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