U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is accepting applications for the 2015 Clean Water Awards. The awards recognize outstanding performance of wastewater treatment plants that operate at poultry or egg processing facilities. Winners will be announced at USPOULTRY’s 2015 Environmental Management Seminar to be held Sept. 24 – 25.
“Poultry companies are persistent in their commitment to environmental stewardship and do an exceptional job managing their wastewater treatment facilities. They return most of the reclaimed water used in poultry and egg processing to the environment in excellent condition. USPOULTRY is pleased to sponsor this annual award program that features the efforts wastewater treatment professionals in our industry take to safeguard our natural resources and enrich the environment,” said Sherman Miller, Cal-Maine Foods, Jackson, Miss., and USPOULTRY chairman.
Awards are presented in two categories – full treatment and pretreatment. Any USPOULTRY member company is eligible to submit three nominees in each category. Facilities which have previously won the award may not be re-nominated for five years. The deadline for submitting applications is May 31.
An evaluation committee will review the applications and select semi-finalist facilities in each category. Award recipients will be selected after the evaluation committee completes a site visit were the semifinalists will have an opportunity to showcase their facility.
Award recipients will receive a trophy, be profiled on the USPOULTRY website and receive assistance from the Association in publicizing the award on a local, regional and national level. The winners of the 2014 Clean Water Awards were Koch Foods, Gadsden, Ala., for full treatment, and Tyson Foods Retail Division, Wilkesboro, N.C., for pretreatment. Tyson Foods River Valley Animal Foods, Scranton, Ark., received honorable mention in the full treatment category, and Fieldale Farms, Gainesville, Ga., received honorable mention in the pretreatment category.
For an application form, click here or go to www.uspoultry.org/environment/.