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DEQ recognizes Fiberon and cities of Meridian and Nampa as 2020 Pollution Prevention Champions

Thursday, September 24, 2020

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is recognizing Fiberon and the cities of Meridian and Nampa as 2020 Pollution Prevention Champions for their efforts to reduce the generation of pollution in Idaho.

Each applicant demonstrated how they incorporated pollution prevention strategies into daily operations, including reducing the purchase and use of raw materials, decreasing the generation of hazardous or solid waste, reducing water, energy, or fuel consumption, or reducing air pollutant emissions.

The announcement comes during the celebration of Pollution Prevention Week in Idaho, as proclaimed by Governor Brad Little, and during the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Pollution Prevention Act in which Congress identified prevention as the preferred method for reducing waste and pollution.

For more information on how to incorporate pollution prevention in your business, visit http://www.deq.idaho.gov/pollution-prevention/.

Award Summaries

Fiberon — Fiberon is reducing pollution at its Meridian fabrication facility by making products out of waste materials and improving the efficiency of plant operations through targeted equipment modifications. The company estimates that it is repurposing over 40 million pounds of sawdust and 31 million pounds of plastic bags into its decking products.

“Fiberon has not only taken the initiative to reduce energy use and waste in its manufacturing operations, they're also making waste reduction a core element of their product and process,” observed Ben Jarvis, DEQ’s pollution prevention coordinator.

Fiberon has also reduced its energy consumption by installing LED lighting and improving compressed air applications as well as participating in Idaho Power’s Peak Demand shutoff program. Learn more about Fiberon’s sustainability efforts at https://balance.fiberondecking.com/ 

City of Meridian — Meridian incorporated pollution prevention strategies at its wastewater treatment plant to significantly cut down on the amount of waste and untreatable solids entering the wastewater treatment facility. These upgrades also save time and energy that would otherwise be required to remove those contaminants in the treatment process.

“The city of Meridian shows how process optimization can improve efficiency and reduce pollution. By minimizing the amount of sand, grit, and solid waste that is transferred into the city’s treatment facility, the city can cut down on odors and increase efficiency in the wastewater recovery process,” noted Jarvis.

These improvements are also helping reduce nitrogen and phosphorus in wastewater effluent, which can minimize the generation of harmful algal blooms in the lower Boise River. To learn more about Meridian’s wastewater treatment process, visit https://meridiancity.org/wastewater/

City of Nampa  — The city of Nampa successfully reduced waste and pollution at its wastewater treatment facility through rigorous, data-driven analysis and strong community engagement.

The city empowers its wastewater treatment staff to identify opportunities to improve waste recovery and work with upstream customers such as businesses and residents. By engaging residential and commercial customers to minimize waste transfer to the facility, the city has significantly improved the efficiency and operation of its wastewater treatment system.

“Not only does this reduce waste generation and the discharge of pollutants to the Boise River, but it saves the citizens of Nampa money. Their commitment to customers and staff is the essence of leadership for environmental stewardship. We are thrilled to be able to recognize these efforts and hope to share their successes well into the future,” noted Jarvis.

To learn more about Nampa’s wastewater treatment process, visit https://cityofnampa.us/642/Wastewater-Division