At its units, Marfrig has adopted measures to assure that effluents - originated from the use of potable water in operating routines and processes - are appropriately treated, avoiding environmental impacts when discharged back into the soil or into a water body. In addition, the company is developing new criteria and targets related to the volume and quality of discarded effluents, which will be reported in the CDP's 2020 cycle. Generation data, in turn, will be audited as of 2020.
- Effluent Treatment Plants (ETPs): structured at all units, designed to receive and treat effluents generated in the various production stages. To ensure there will be no damage to the environment, waste water undergoes physical-chemical treatment, followed by biological remediation, so that, at the end of the process, the discharge standards required by applicable federal or state legislation are met. To keep processes running properly, investments are made and technologies tested, aimed at continuous improvement, risk reduction and assured operational sustainability. The company is making investments in the ETPs. Performance details will be disclosed by CDP Water.
- Reuse: to reduce water consumption and the volume of effluents released into the environment, Marfrig strives to reuse the input in some processes that do not require potable water. An example is the reuse of water for backwashing water treatment station (WTS) filters in external areas (patios and driving lanes) at meatpacking plants.
Suppliers commit to good water use practices and effluent treatment through the Marfrig Club. In its Sustainable Practices Guide publication, the company helps producers to protect the water sources of their properties, safeguarding them from contamination by waste water generated in residences, stables and other facilities.