American Proteins, Hanceville, Ala., and Wayne Farms, Decatur, Ala., have won the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association’s 2010 Clean Water Awards. Perdue Farms, Perry, Ga., and Tyson Foods, Wilkesboro, N.C., received honorable mention.

Presented annually, the awards recognize excellence in the operation of wastewater treatment plants. The presentations were made during the Association’s Environmental Management Seminar in New Orleans.


Awards are presented in two categories, full treatment and pretreatment. First place and honorable mention are recognized in both categories.

  • American Proteins, first place in the full treatment category, is the largest poultry product recycling facility in the world. American Proteins operates on an Environmental Management System, a formal set of procedures and policies. A cover over their anaerobic lagoon reduces odor emissions and provides for the recovery and reuse of biogas for use in boilers. Through an aggressive water conservation program, 30 million gallons of water are recycled every day. Situated on 600 acres, the facility uses 100 acres, leaving 500 acres for wildlife habitat. American Proteins, Hanceville, also won the award in 2004.

  • Wayne Farms’ Decatur further processing facility was selected as the winner in the pretreatment category, after being runner-up last year. Several innovative processes were recognized: a combined waste stream from two plants improving effluent water quality, an automated jar testing project, polymer blend consistency, and multiple supervisory control and data acquisition, providing 24-7 coverage for both utilities and wastewater treatment.

  • Perdue Farms received honorable mention for full treatment for their slaughter and further processing operations in Perry, GA. The water treatment process uses a three polymer system in a dissolved air flotation unit and a PLC system to control polymer dosing. The system enhances effluent quality and streamlines management control. The facility is located on 700 rural acres, with approximately 350 acres set aside for wildlife habitat conservation.

  • The Tyson Foods Fresh Retail Division in Wilkesboro, NC, won honorable mention in the pretreatment category. The complex includes the processing plant with a capacity of 1,650,000 birds per week and a food service plant. The environmental management team works closely with the city of Wilkesboro. Tyson has adapted the latest water treatment innovations in a limited space, and they use effective storm water management techniques. The water conservation program results in the recycling of 1,000,000 gallons of water.