Projects - Residuals Management

Management of Industrial Residual Land Application Program, Geo Specialty Chemicals, Allentown, PA

Material Matters assisted Geo Specialty Chemicals with the development of a strategy for beneficially using an industrial treatment plant residual in agricultural setting. To develop the program, we evaluated and characterized the residual, prepared the initial sampling plan, reviewed data generated from the initial sampling events, reviewed treatment protocols, prepared the PADEP application for statewide General Permit coverage, interacted with PADEP regarding feedback on the draft permit, located interested farmers, developed the farm management protocols, and assisted GEO with odor reduction strategies. Additionally, Material Matters has a multi-year contract with GEO to manage the residual material, including managing application data, generating regulatory reports, and overseeing farm and storage operations.

Management of "HatGro", a Thermally Dried Food Processing Residual, Hatfield Quality Meats, Hatfield, PA

Hatfield Quality Meats (Hatfield) generates food processing residual (FPR) product which is dried into pellets and, when compared to poultry pellets, is rich in nitrogen. Hatfield wanted the freedom and flexibility to use the pellets in agriculture as a natural fertilizer, without the need for regulatory oversight and permitting. Material Matters developed an approach for establishing co-product status for a food processing residual (FPR) generated at the Hatfield processing facility and we were able to obtain co-product status from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) through an application process that met the needs for beneficial use for Hatfield.

Management of Food Processing Residual Land Application Program, Clemens Food Group, Hatfield, PA

Material Matters developed a strategy to beneficially use the food processing plant residual generated at the Clemens Food Group (CFG) plant in Hatfield, PA in an agricultural setting. To obtain the beneficial use permit, we evaluated and characterized the residual, prepared the initial sampling plan, reviewed data generated from the initial sampling events, reviewed treatment protocols, prepared the PADEP application for statewide General Permit coverage, and interacted with PADEP regarding feedback on the draft permit. Additionally, Material Matters assisted with the implementation of the program by locating interested farmers, developing the farm management protocols, assisted CFG with odor reduction strategies, and managing the residual for CFG.