Dairy Day team up with Angels Care on Mandela day
On July 18 2017, Dairy Day hosted a fun filled day for 50 children of Angels Care Center in Howick.
Angels’ Care Centre is a non-profit organisation established to address the needs of desperately poor children from informal settlements in the village of Howick in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. They provide quality pre-school education, aftercare facilities, a feeding program as well as health care and community outreach programs.
Activity stations were set up throughout the center allowing the children opportunity to ice cupcakes, play swing ball, color in, have their face painted and enjoy a delicious Honeydew lunch pack.
“We spent a busy morning with the children at Angels Care on Nelson Mandela Day. This was thoroughly enjoyed by both the staff and the children. The impact The Angles Care Centre has on children’s lives is remarkable. We were delighted to have the opportunity to give the children a fun filled day allowing them to just be kids” – Kim McLiesh (Communications and Marketing Liaison Manager)
Dairy Day and Sustainable Heating
The Natal Midlands is one of the world’s most unspoiled natural environments. Dairy day has undertaken to strive for a green environment. As a company we are dedicated to being environmentally responsible and using renewable energy sources that fits in with Dairy Days ambition of creating sustainability in the dairy industry. We have a very ‘timber heavy’ area surrounding us, so there’s a lot of wood chips readily available. Furthermore, we are able to give back any extra by-products to the farmers, which ultimately benefits us in terms of the end product, milk.
One of our key objectives is to create sustainable dairy from “farm to table”. In order to do this we are passionate about achieving sustainable energy sources through steam and water recycling.
Sustainable Heating is one of the ways we are reducing our carbon footprint. This is a heating solutions company that uses renewable energy sources to produce process heat (hot air, hot water, steam, thermal oil). They work closely with clients, such as Dairy Day, to help them reduce their heating costs as well as their carbon footprint and, by doing so, become more sustainable and profitable.
Their core business is to produce heat/steam from biomass furnaces. Sustainable heating, headed up by the CEO, Paul Gorremans, use top of the range technologies. They only use the highest quality boilers from Europe and train local technicians on how to use them.
In the area surrounding Dairy Day there are sustainable wood plantations. Mature trees are felled and new trees are planted and grow in their place. The felled trees are transported to a local sawmill and are cut into planks. However, the sawing process is not 100% efficient. There is waste, this being the by-products of the processing, namely wood chips and wood off-cuts.
Sustainable heating has a solution to this…
Instead of being dumped or burned, they turn the by-products into highly cost effective fuel. This not only creates a relationship with the local community, but it provides an additional revenue stream for the suppliers involved.
The process involved in creating sustainable, cost efficient heating is quite simple,
- Wood chips are shredded to sustainable heating’s specifications, completely free of charge to the supplier.
- The chips are then collected and placed onto trucks.
- They are then transported a short distance away to the boiler located on the Dairy Day site (less than a km away). The distance is kept short not only to create local jobs, but to reduce both sustainable heating and the supplier’s carbon footprints.
- From here the biomass is then loaded into a giant holding shed, where it is kept dry and protected from the elements as well as being treated to specifications set by sustainable heating.
- Finally, the wood chips are burned in the super-efficient boiler.
This process reduces the reliance on fossil fuels such as coal and oil.
Trained engineers are on site 24/7, and they monitor all aspects of the boiler’s operation. The boiler is designed in such a way that it is clean, modern and safe.
Waste ash produced is a minimal. It is collected into bins and returned to the community for reuse.
Biomass combustion is a carbon neutral process. During the CO₂ Cycle, the CO₂ contained in the atmosphere is absorbed by growing vegetation on the Earth. When this vegetation decomposes, the same amount of carbon is released back into the atmosphere.
Burning biomass in the boilers releases the same amount of carbon as the decomposing vegetation would have released.
Unlike with biomass, the combustion of fossil fuels such as coal and oil on the other hand has a highly negative impact on the atmosphere, which contributes to the greenhouse effect and in turn global warming.
Sustainable heating provides Dairy Day with clean energy solutions that cost less. Our world is changing, and Dairy Day is helping to make sure that it changes for the better. We believe in a better way, a more accountable way. A way that is more sustainable.
Wastewater treatment facility
Another sustainable initiative is to treat our own waste water on site and not dispose of it into the Howick sewer system. Dairy factories unsustainably consume vast amounts of water and our goal is to recycle water which is a scarce resource at the moment
Dairy Day also took a bold step in making the decision to construct a waste water treatment facility that meets municipal effluent treatment specifications globally.
The services of Puraplan and Dave Noziac were employed to design a water treatment plant fit for purpose water, wastewater and bio- energy solutions which allows us to operate in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner.
The chosen design employs an anaerobic digester, which then flows into an aerobic process using sequential batch reactors. The design of the plant was to treat all water and sewerage outputted from the dairy day footprint to river discharge standard, total investment to date is R6 million.
We have faced numerous challenges in setting up the plant however our motivation for getting the treatment plant operating at perfect, optimal levels is the end goal of what Dairy day wants to achieve, recycling full potable water back into the factory.