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Taking the extra steps for poultry
wastewater reuse
American Proteins' Cumming, Georgia, rendering
operation goes above and beyond to conserve
resources, use alternative energy sources and
protect the environment.
JOHN PIERSON
American Proteins Inc.'s operation in Cumming,
Georgia, illustrates the mindset of leading poultry
companies focused on providing value to customers through
improved performance and community relations. In doing
so, the American Proteins Cumming Division received
an Honorable Mention in the 2017 U.S. Poultry & Egg
Association's Clean Water Awards' full treatment category.

Background
The Cumming Division operates one of the largest
rendering plants in the world in the most affluent county
in the state. It recovers almost 30 million pounds of
inedible poultry offal, feathers and other related materials
received six days a week from 13 locations. The facility
produces poultry, feather, secondary protein nutrients
and blood meal as well as pet-grade products. Production
occasionally runs through Sunday morning, leaving less

Read more: Transforming poultry
wastewater into renewable resources,
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An evaporative cooling pond
(background) and LAS irrigation
pond (foreground) are used to
manage waste heat recovery
and effluent recycle and
disposal. Courtesy of American Proteins

than 24 hours for a full sanitation and major maintenance.
But, down time is not an option as aligning operations
with processor schedules is critical to the entire poultry
industry. 
A daily average of 550,000 gallons of poultry
wastewater is reclaimed from cooking, pressing and
drying finished products. The division's wastewater
treatment system balances the high strength process
effluent with a significant volume of product condensate
water while employing odor control measures. A land
application system (LAS) provides the final treatment and
groundwater recharge. As a result, the facility coexists in
an area seeing tremendous growth due to its proximity to
Lake Lanier, a major recreational destination.

The treatment system
Screening and dissolved air flotation (DAF) with
chemical addition begin the process water treatment with
a goal of capturing any residual protein, oil and grease.
The condensate waters are then blended in advance of
anaerobic digestion, the first biological treatment step.
Several advanced treatment ponds centered on a pair of
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Poultry International - June 2018

Poultry International - June 2018
Contents
Editor’s Comment
News
2018 Poultry Nutrition & Feed Survey: Poultry feed formulations driven by consumers, market
Global poultry trade may become turbulent in 2018
Newly formed Avara takes third spot in UK poultry sector
Why chicken is the sustainable meat option
Poultry veterinary provision undergoing signifi cant change
8 considerations for cage-free laying hen nutrition
Taking the extra steps for poultry wastewater reuse
6 poultry processing tips to improve carcass quality
Products
Marketplace
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Poultry International - June 2018 - Contents
Poultry International - June 2018 - Editor’s Comment
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Poultry International - June 2018 - News
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Poultry International - June 2018 - 2018 Poultry Nutrition & Feed Survey: Poultry feed formulations driven by consumers, market
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Poultry International - June 2018 - Global poultry trade may become turbulent in 2018
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Poultry International - June 2018 - Newly formed Avara takes third spot in UK poultry sector
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Poultry International - June 2018 - Why chicken is the sustainable meat option
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Poultry International - June 2018 - Poultry veterinary provision undergoing signifi cant change
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Poultry International - June 2018 - 8 considerations for cage-free laying hen nutrition
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Poultry International - June 2018 - Taking the extra steps for poultry wastewater reuse
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Poultry International - June 2018 - 6 poultry processing tips to improve carcass quality
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