Our commitment to being environmentally responsible drives us to constantly evaluate our business operations, and take measures to improve our processing practices. One such opportunity arose in 2018, when we undertook a project to install an alternative to chemical solutions for neutralizing wastewater at our Dairy Division (Canada) plant in Plessisville, Québec.
Industrial (or effluent) wastewater is generated during cheese production and must be neutralized by adjusting its pH level prior to being released to the local sewage system. While common and effective, the use of acidic or alkaline chemicals to do so can cause environmental, health, and safety hazards.
In our effort to minimize these effects, this new water treatment system directly injects CO2 into the wastewater to reduce pH levels. The new system, provides more consistent results and minimizes the need for additional treatments. It also reduces the risks, accidents and unnecessary costs associated with spills and on-site maintenance.The success of this project has inspired us to consider rolling out similar systems in other Saputo facilities.
We recognize the importance of minimizing the environmental impacts of our activities, and the new CO2 system at our Plessisville plant is one example of this continued commitment to adopt responsible environmental practices.