At Crystal Creamery we are always looking for new initiatives to drive our sustainability efforts forward. Here are highlights from just some of the areas where we have focused our efforts:
Zero Waste Initiative:
Our Modesto plant currently diverts more than 95% of its waste from landfill. We achieve this through a number of key partnerships:
- Local food banks who take donations of product which is close to the sell by date but still guaranteed fresh and edible
- Spoils and returns sent to a local farmer for use as animal feed
- Cottage cheese by-product, whey also used as animal feed
- Wastewater by-product sent to a nearby anaerobic digester to capture methane gas for energy production and to make cow bedding
Our Modesto facility installed 1.1MW Solar System in 2011 and by the next year was already generating enough energy to power 141 homes! We’ve also installed equipment on our boilers to update and make them more efficient. And we’ve educated our entire team on peak energy so that we can be mindful of not just how much energy we are using but also when so that we can make the least overall impact.
Water Conservation & Re-use:
Water conservation has always been a high priority for Crystal Creamery and it has become an even bigger area of focus with the drought affecting California. One way in which we conserve water is through reuse. We take in 60+ tankers of milk each day and when that raw milk comes in we condense it and there is water leftover from this process. This water we use to wash all of our cases which we pack to ship the milk to your nearby grocery store.
Continuous Improvement Initiative:
Partnership with San Francisco State University’s Industrial Assessment Centers Program, which provides guidance for new processes and/or technologies to further our efforts in energy and water conservation.
At Crystal Creamery what matters to us is bigger than just producing the best dairy products. It’s not just about that but also so much more, which is why you can feel good about partnering with Crystal Creamery for your dairy products.