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COMMITMENT TO CLEAN
nutrients or the remaining wastewater solids such that parameters
of five-day biochemical oxygen
demand, oil and grease and total
suspended solids (TSS) are well
below permitted values. These
accomplishments are more noteworthy given the occasional added
stormwater TSS loadings.
A water conservation team and
management work to maintain the
balance between processing efficiency and food safety while operating within the facility's permitted
2 million gallons of water per day
allowance. Plant dashboards report
processing shift water usages that
help identify opportunity areas. The
main water meter data, electronically uploaded to a cloud drive, is
accessible from computers and
mobile devices every 15 minutes.
Weekend water audits are performed
to pinpoint leaks, reuse systems are
utilized in the evisceration department, and pump upgrades after the
DAF supply reuse water to the picking room ditch. A chiller water overflow re-use design is underway.
Kevin Milner, Pilgrim's regional
environmental manager, said software allows facilities to stay on top
of their environmental plans which
includes regulatory compliance and
other critical tasks. Percer said the
software is highly metric as "items
touch on spill prevention, training,
permit recordkeeping and inspections
across the complex, with reminders
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wastewater into renewable resources,
broken out by location and permit. It
includes the percentage of time we
meet our wastewater permit limits."
Turner said the software enables executive level attention as "if an event
becomes late, the reminder is sent to
the person's supervisor or even to up
the VP level if the task remains open."
The Pilgrim's environmental
audit also includes outside grounds,
housekeeping and progress on other
environmental initiatives. Pilgrim's
Guntersville focused its efforts on
light emitting diode (LED) lighting conversion, recycling of scrap
metal, electronics waste and used oil.
Universal and hazardous waste programs are in place for waste lamps,
batteries and used absorbent materials.
Pilgrim's Guntersville employees
also sponsor about 51 children annually to provide Christmas gifts through
the Marshall County Christmas
Coalition. The complex also maintains a disaster response relief trailer
to provide support to first responders
and victims of natural disasters in the
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