Protecting our Natural Resources and the Environment
At Southwest Cheese, we are committed to preserving the environment and natural resources in our community. Our goal is to manage our business in an environmentally responsible manner while ensuring the safety of our employees, the environment and the surrounding communities.
We continually work to improve our processing systems to minimize their environmental impact, and incorporate programs to ensure compliance with permits, regulations and policies. We believe that environmental protection is the responsibility of every employee, so each individual is trained on the environmental impact of their assigned duties and how they can ensure compliance.
Community involvement is a cornerstone to our organization. We strive to earn and maintain our reputation as an environmentally-sound neighbor, and generously offer information about our operations and their impact on sustainability.
Dairy Wastewater Treatment
Southwest Cheese has invested in a $25 million state-of-the-art water and wastewater treatment system that cleans and purifies by-products from our plants. Our system has been proven to reduce waste loads by more than 90 percent.
Air and Energy Efficiency
Southwest Cheese operates four boilers for power generation that are fueled by clean-burning natural gas. The emissions discharged from these boilers operate at a fraction of the established air permit standards. Additionally, methane gas generated by our wastewater treatment system is reused to fuel our boilers, reducing our demand for natural gas.
Lactose Waste Recovery
Lactose, a by-product of cheese production, is blended into animal feed, resulting in the efficient use of a processing waste while providing added nutrients as a renewable ingredient.