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Kraft Foods reduce waste water

Kraft Foods has commissioned an innovative food wastewater treatment facility at a US cheese plant, which it claims will reduce waste by more than 90 per cent.

Designed and operated by Ecovation, the water treatment and cheese whey anaerobic treatment system will also allow for the installation of new equipment to capture and use the waste treatment gases to generate electricity.

The announcement comes as food manufacturers experience ever-greater pressure to meet new climate control regulations, reduced emission targets and better waste disposal.

The installation has been funded by a System Benefits Charge (SBC), which is paid by electric distribution customers in the New York region. NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, administers SBC funds and programmes under an agreement with the Public Service Commission.

“NYSERDA has been working with the Ecovation engineers for several years, developing food processing waste treatment strategies”, said NYSERDA president Peter Smith. “This project began in 2001 as a commercial-scale pilot facility, and has become an important waste-treatment benchmark for the dairy and cheese industry all across the State.”






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