Air and water pollution control solutions for food and beverage production

Environmental Solutions for Food and Beverage Production

Water, wastewater, and air pollution control systems for the food manufacturing industry

Environmental Solutions for Food and Beverage Production

Water, wastewater, and air pollution control systems for the food manufacturing industry

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Monroe Environmental has extensive experience working with plants, engineers, and operators in the food and beverage industry. Food production creates a variety of liquid wastes which often contain high levels of FOG (fats, oils, and grease), starch, BOD, and solids which require modified treatment processes compared to other wastewater treatment applications. Correctly targeting each pollutant for economic and efficient treatment is of upmost importance.

Air pollution can be a serious challenge for in-plant operations (OSHA regulations) and exhaust emissions (EPA permits). Oils, particulate, moisture, and acid/alkaline gasses are often simultaneously present in a production process. Each of these requires special consideration for proper capture, filtration, neutralization, and disposal.

Monroe Environmental understands successful air pollution control of common production equipment such as dryers, ovens, cooking kettles, spray coating lines, and many other processes which produce irritating and harmful constituents.

Monroe is well versed in specific industry requirements such as utilizing food-grade motors, instrumentation, and materials of construction (stainless steel, etc.). We have the experience necessary to offer custom treatment solutions for difficult applications where conventional treatment systems have failed. We have successfully completed projects for the following food and beverage production processes:

  • Breweries
  • Soft drink production
  • Wineries
  • Cheese production
  • Bottling
  • Food packaging
  • Lunch meat
  • Vegetable cleaning & packaging
  • Beet sugar
  • Cane sugar
  • Rendering & tanneries
  • Potatoes, corn, and snack chips
  • Sauce cooking & condiments
  • Candy & desserts
  • Beef, pork, chicken, & fish processing
  • Frozen snack foods
  • Pet/animal food

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Monroe Environmental has successfully engineered, fabricated, and installed countless Air Pollution Control and Water & Wastewater Treatment systems for food and beverage production plants.

Food & Beverage Production – Overview & Capabilities

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Air Pollution Control

  • Acid & alkaline gasses & fumes – NH3, H2S, HCl, SO2, HF
  • Particulate matter – PM10 & PM2.5
  • Condensables, aerosols, & opacity
  • VOCs & odor control
  • Mist & dust collection
  • Dryer & oven exhaust
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Water & Wastewater Treatment

  • Suspended (TSS) and dissolved (TDS) solids
  • FOG/oil separation and recovery
  • Metals precipitation and reduction
  • Ammonia and VOC stripping
  • Mobile water treatment and rental clarifiers
  • Filtration and dewatering
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Food & Beverage Processing Experience: Representative Projects and Systems

API Separator for FOG removal from snack chip production wastewater

API Oil/Water Separator for oil removal for snack chip production facility wastewater with oil recovery/concentrating tank, and waste oil storage tank. The system was selected to enhance the plant’s FOG removal capabilities. Read More

2,000 ACFM Dual Throat Venturi Scrubbers, 304 SS construction

2,000 ACFM Dual Throat Venturi Scrubbers, 304SS construction for particulate collection from marshmallow powdered sugar coating operation.

20,000 ACFM Packed Tower Scrubbers, FRP construction for liming drum exhaust.

Liming drum exhaust scrubbing – H2S neutralization and fume control at a leather tannery. Dual 20,000 ACFM Packed Tower Scrubbers, FRP construction, with fans, pumps, and controls.

350 GPM Circular Clarifier with enhanced custom skimming system

350 GPM Circular Clarifier with enhanced custom skimming system to handle foam and starch accumulation in wastewater for a snack foods company.

scrubbing system for dryer exhaust

Monroe 27,000 ACFM Multi-Stage Scrubbing System with Venturi Scrubber and Cyclonic Separator to remove particulate from a dryer prior to VOC destruction with a regenerative thermal oxidizer. Read More

Rental 50 GPM Horizontal Clarifier

50 GPM Horizontal Clarifier pilot system for a waste stream from the production of fried foods as well as the plant’s sanitary waste. The system was chosen due to its ability to separate both floating and settleable solids.


Two Primary Clarifiers capable of processing 1.25 million gallons per day with a custom designed enhanced skimming system to remove FOG in wastewater for snack production plant. Read More

Circular Clarifier rebuild for wastewater treatment at a soft drink bottling facility

Circular Clarifier rebuild for wastewater treatment at a soft drink bottling facility. The internal mechanism, bridge, and drive were replaced in the 42 ft. diameter unit.

Circular Clarifier for dairy farm

85 ft. diameter Circular Clarifier to process wastewater at a dairy farm. The Monroe supplied mechanism was installed in a bolted steel tank with concrete floor. Clarifier was rated for up to 2,000 GPM.

X-Flo Clarifier for snack food manufacturer

Rental X-Flo Mobile Clarifier with sludge removal pumps to bypass 40 ft. dia. secondary clarifier during rehabilitation at a snack chip plant. The X-Flo produced better effluent during temporary treatment than the existing clarifier during normal operation!

dual throat scrubber for beverage producer

Dual Throat Venturi Scrubber to handle sticky, water soluble particulate for a beverage producer. The system was rated for 6,600 CFM and met the 99%+ removal efficiency of particles greater than 10 micron. Read More

1,000 ACFM Spiral Tube Mist Collectors for cheese mold wash-down/cleaning process

1,000 ACFM Spiral Tube Mist Collectors for mist collection from cheese mold wash-down/cleaning process. The spiral tubes provide a high level of mist agglomeration and removal without using filters.