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Waste Management Opportunities In Food Processing Industry

December 3, 2013

I wonder often, how our future generation will see nature. Will they ever see and enjoy nature in its purest form? What legacy are we leaving for them? I was pensive, immersed in these  thoughts when my eyes fell on the nearby farms. It was all lush green…melodious rustle of leaves…balmy winds gently swaying the trees… the sweet whiff of mangoes– this is something I have always loved.

 

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An answer to these questions came intuitively, that very moment – we preserve what we have, and bequeath this legacy for our future generations to carry on.
At the core of all farming and food processing activities, Shimla Hills has always endeavoured to protect the environment. This makes me a very happy man! For instance, let’s pick waste management methods followed at Shimla Hills’ processing plants. Our waste management practices are a small, yet vital step towards reducing impact on environment through economically viable mediums.

 

Creating organic manure

 

The fibre and residual pulp left in the decanter and pulper is extracted and used for creating organic manure. This organic manure is then given free of cost or at subsidized rates to the farmers.

 

Fuel for boilers

 

The peels, seeds and stones of fruits are first amply dried and then used as fuel for the boilers while processing.

 

Recycling water

 

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A lot of water is used in fruit and vegetable processing plants at various plant production areas. After the water has been used, it is collected at one place and passed through ETP (Effluent Treatment Plant). This wastewater treatment mechanism clears the suspended, as well as toxin material if any, making water suitable for gardening, flushing and cleaning purposes. Discharging this wastewater without any treatment would have posed grave danger for the entire ecosystem.

 

Mandatorily Controlling Boiler Smoke

 

DSC_0757A recent study reveals that “manmade outdoor air pollutions accounts for 2 million deaths each year”. This is reason enough to give impetus to having a strong policy that curbs air pollution to the minutest level. At our plants, strict pollution control measures are followed which come under the state and central governmental authorities.

Recycling Oil

 

The DG generator oil used at the processing plants, after some specific hours is taken out and given to authorized retailors for recycling. This restricts fuel wastage significantly.

 

Animal Feed

 

The refuse material like peels of fruits and vegetables and tit bits left after sorting are never wasted. They are good enough for making healthy animal feed!

 

Minimising raw material wastage

 

Shimla Hills’ quality team makes it a point to select only the best batch of produces. This ensures quality as well as curtails the raw material wastage that occurs while sorting fruits and vegetables before processing.

 

Audits to measure

 

DSC_0732Being aware about waste management isn’t enough. To track and maintain accountability, weekly inhouse audits are undertaken. This helps to streamline our waste management endeavours and measure their impact. At a broader level, monthly audits are done by state and central authorities giving us update-to-date statistics of work done. It’s about time that environment is given precedence. I am sure everyone is conscious about environmental impact, but more than awareness it is the practical solution implemented one step at a time that makes the difference. Collective efforts matter when you want to protect environment because…nature is precious!

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