Tyson Foods Monett Plant Wins Clean Water Award
The Tyson Foods poultry processing plant in Monett has won the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association's 2009 Clean Water Award in the pretreatment category.
The awards are given annually in recognition of excellence in the operation of wastewater treatment plants. The pretreatment category covers facilities that discharge pretreated effluent to publicly-owned full treatment facilities, while the full treatment category covers facilities that fully reclaim wastewater prior to discharge.
The award was presented during the Association's recent Environmental Management Seminar in Nashville, Tenn.
|Tyson's Monett complex completed a new $4.8 million wastewater pretreatment system in October of 2008. The main components of the facility include a primary dissolved air flotation system, a 900,000-gallon equalization basin and a secondary dissolved air flotation system.||Construction of the pretreatment plant, along with close monitoring of the dissolved air flotation system, has increased treatment efficiency. The results are lower operating costs and more extensive pretreatment of wastewater before it is sent to the city's system for final treatment.|
The Monett facility previously won the pretreatment award in 2001, the first two-time winner for pretreatment.
Tyson Foods is active in the local community, sponsoring recycling programs and participating in the Barry/Lawrence Emergency Planning District and on the Southwest Missouri Solid Waste Management District Advisory Committee.
The company also supports community and church programs and local organizations such as Camp Barnabas, the Catch-A-Dream Foundation and fire protection districts. They have planted crabapple trees to beautify the area and supply food for Tyson's pair of groundhogs, Phil and Jill.
"The poultry industry has always led the way in environmental
|stewardship," said Association Chairman Monty Henderson with George's, Inc., in Springdale, Ark.||"Our association continues to emphasize its importance by offering training and technical assistance in environmental management and recognizing excellence in environmental programs at our poultry companies. Congratulations to Tyson Foods for their outstanding work," Henderson added.|