Technological progress and industrialization have brought with it economic prosperity. The population is growing, towns have grown, and the scenery and surroundings have changed.
As a company whose food and dairy plants are part of the scenery and environment in Israel, and as its products are the foundation stones in the Israeli home, guarding the home in our view means also protecting the values of scenery, nature and environment.
In light of this perception, we have formulated a number of rules which guide us in our work and enable mutual existence between the plants’ production and protecting the environment:
1. Commitment to smart use of natural resources including water, energy and raw materials.
2. Reducing the by-products of industry and production for the environment. For example, treating wastewater, reducing air pollution, and minimizing quantities of refuse in the plants.
3. Implementing advanced environmental technologies to prevent damage of production, storage, conveyance and distribution processes.
A model plant – Alon Tavor
Tnuva’s “Alon Tavor” dairy, located in the Jezreel Valley close to Kfar Tavor, extends over an area of 130 dunams. All the dairy’s activity is managed and controlled by innovative control systems, the most advanced in their field, designated for the perfect performance of every means of operation and thereby improving the standard of execution, supervision and quality of the products.
“Alon Tavor” dairy was established at the end of 2003 in response to Tnuva’s need for dairy specialization, closing production sites in city centers and their relocation out of the cities, and providing a solution to the implementation of an advanced environmental perception that is economically feasible. In the course of planning the plant, it became clear to us that the milk production process in the future would require a very large amount of water and would produce great quantities of industrial wastewater. Tnuva chose to solve this issue by establishing a plant for the purification of wastewater to be used for irrigating agricultural fields in the region.
The purification systems were constructed and fully financed by Tnuva, and now serve the farmers of the region. The dairy, which utilizes 3500 cu.m. water for daily use, recycles most of the amount for agricultural use after fully purifying it, and for irrigating the fields of the Jezreel Valley.
The water used for cleaning the dairy is treated water – water from “Mekorot” - which has been filtered for chemicals it contains naturally. The remaining chemicals are in a brine solution – a transparent fluid rich in chemicals filtered from the water. Out of responsibility to the environment, Tnuva decided to transfer the brine to fish ponds via a long pipe built especially for it, through which the brine passes from Alon Tavor up to the fish ponds in the Harod Valley.
Detergents recycling facility
The purification and washing processes in the dairy contain a high percentage of sodium, disqualifying their transfer for agricultural use at the end of the cleaning. In order to enable the reuse of the washing water, Tnuva set up a sodium recycling facility, the only one of its kind in the world, that separates the water from pollutants and sodium. The pollutants are removed to the sewer, the sodium undergoes concentration in a vaporizer and returns for use as a detergent while the recycled water is also utilized.
The “BaEmek” (Jezreel Valley) plant
In 2002 Tnuva inaugurated a NIS 30 million innovative project – the “Emek’s advanced technologies” plant, for processing cheese water. This modern plant, one of the most advanced of its kind in the world, turns cheese water – a waste product to be removed - into raw material for producing high added value products, such as raw material for milk substitutes for babies, ice cream industry, raw material for pharmaceutics and more.
The “BaEmek” plant employs about 380 employees in the peripheral regions, the Lower Galilee, the valleys and Beit She'an. The plant maintains ongoing contact with the non-profit organizations “Enosh” and “Bayit Kham” and employs disabled people in the dairy.
One of the leading parameters in selecting packaging is protection of the environment.
- We have switched from white milk bags to transparent. The white color contained titanium dioxide, causing problems to the environment.
- We make sure to reduce the thickness of the laminate in various dairy products so as to use less plastic.
- We have changed from polyethylene bottles to PET bottles as there is an industrial recycling process for these bottles at Ramat Khovav and we are continuing with this step.