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Archer Daniels Midland Company

Year Submitted: 2006

Process: Boiler (CFB)

Industry: Food/Beverage Manufacturing

Wastes Reduced: AirEmissions

Location: Clinton IA

No. of employees: 26,000+

Contact: Jesil Pujara

Phone: 1-800-637-5843


The plant has air emissions, treats wastewater, uses many materials to support production, and has utility usage and by-products to manage.

P2 Application:

A software system was developed with a database of all the emission units, and the corresponding pollution-related parameters are monitored to document compliance with operating limits. The software will also allow users to retrieve data corresponding to each parameter for a specific user-defined time interval. This software tool will allow efficient monitoring of the pollution-related parameters and optimize operating values, which in turn will reduce air emissions.The project will result in potential savings of approximately 1,600 tons per year of air pollutants going to the atmosphere and generate annual savings of $57,000. The project also saved the company the cost of developing the software, which is approximately $12,500. The total savings from the project are $69,500.

During research it was found that approximately 25 to 30 percent of the ash related to the CFB boilers ash reuse options could be used as raw material in cement, concrete blocks, soil stabilizers and other products. Depending upon demand, approximately 57,500 tons of ash could be reused annually. The potential savings associated with this project would be approximately $250,000 per year.

From a survey of trash containers located at the facility, it was observed that significant quantities of cardboard are not recycled. It was also found that as much as three tons of steel may go into general trash containers in one week. Efforts to start a recycling program were initiated and it is expected that the program will be implemented in the near future. Initial estimates indicate a potential savings of approximately $40,000 per year from recycling cardboard and $104,000 per year from metal scrap recovery, creating a total savings of $144,000 per year.

Details of Reductions

  • 3,200,000.0 - Pounds of   air pollutants
  • 115,000,000.0 - Pounds of   boiler ash
  • cardboard
  • 324,000.0 - Pounds of   scrap metal

Additional Information :

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), a world leader in agricultural processing, is one of the world's largest processors of soybeans, corn, wheat and cocoa. ADM is also a leader in the production of soy meal and oil, ethanol, corn sweeteners and flour. In addition, ADM produces value-added food and feed ingredients. Headquartered in Decatur, Illinois, ADM has over 26,000 employees, more than 260 processing plants and net sales of $36.2 billion for the past fiscal year. The facility at Clinton is a major manufacturing plant producing large quantities of a variety of corn products.

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