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Energy and Waste Savings for Food Processing Companies

Energy and waste savings by food processing companies can contribute to the company's profits and the community's costs for water and sewer infrastructure.

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New Clean Technologies for Food Manufacturing

Food processing companies often work on slim margins and high volumes. That means energy consumption can be high because these facilities use heavy equipment and the equipment runs long hours during peak heat seasons -- summer and early fall.

Improved Sensors and Process Control

Measurement and control can reduce wastes and increase productivity. LED sensors can reduce heat at the same time they monitor effective operation of HVAC and heavy manufacturing equipment.

Timers and motion detectors can help reduce lighting and HVAC energy costs.

And variable speed motors can significantly reduce energy consumption, according the the Department of Energy and EPA.

Advanced Wastewater Treatment

Use of wastewater technologies beyond conventional secondary treatment to reuse or recycle limited fresh water supplies can reduce the use of potable water sources, and when indoor and outdoor water uses are metered separately, a company can often reduce their sewer charges with their utility provider.

Improved Packaging

Reduction of excessive materials use and more environmentally friendly packaging materials will reduce both quantity and impact on climate change, pollution and landfills. Add to that shipping costs that are charged by the pound -- and every ounce you save on reduced packaging and packing materials -- gives you a double cost advantage.

Food Security

Radiation is one technology being developed to kill pathogenic microorganisms. Other strategies are also being developed for food security. Regulators are currently exploring "green chemistry" alternatives to reduce toxics in our food, water and soil systems. Check with your local and state environmental and health agencies for the latest developments in this growing sector of regulation and creative science explorations.

Water and Wastewater Reduction

Closed Loop, Zero Emission Systems and Zero Waste strive to reduce or eliminate effluent from the manufacturing process.

Distributed water treatment can save enormous pressures on community wide waste systems. By pretreating your food company's waste water, you can reclaim those organic materials for diversion into bio-energy applications and reduce the waste that must be treated at the municipal facilities. Often cities will provide incentives when companies can help them reduce their need to process large quantities of organic solids in the sewage system.

Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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