Water supply for fish processing

Save on water costs and add revenue with advanced membrane technology

Your fish processing facility must deal with vast amounts of what’s now classified as toxic industrial waste.

Recent amendments to the Waste Management Regulations (which took effect on 4 March 2020) mean that fish waste requires special management in the same hazardous category of waste as chemicals, poisons, and sewage.

The upshot? Your facility’s fish waste must now be transported away for processing only in smaller trucks, adding immense costs to your operation. 

Syngineering’s advanced technology and processes can help reduce these costs by processing stickwater at your site, reducing or eliminating the need for costly transport of hazardous waste.

VMT technology to recover protein and process stickwater

Syngineering’s VMT vibrating membrane technology works to effectively separate protein from stickwater. Combined with other technologies such as reverse osmosis, VMT technology can effectively process very dirty effluent water, recovering as much as 75% of this water. 

The benefits are twofold:

  • The recovered concentrated protein can be reintroduced to other protein solids to boost the fish and bone meal yield, and 
  • The warm clean water by-product will be largely free of organics and nutrients.

The resulting processed water can either be recycled back into your plant’s process; further polished and reused in boilers; or discharged with approximately 5% of the original COD load. This can result in a huge saving on water costs for your facility.

VMT applications include:

  • Low temperature and high temperature rendering stickwater
  • Blood line wastewater
  • Separator sludge

How Syngineering makes your water supply sustainable

Introducing VMT technology to your fish processing plant can help recover up to 75% of water previously used. With the remaining 25% then sourced from bores, your plant can go fully “off grid” and be completely independent from the town water supply.

As a result of the VMT process, any water discharge from your plant will be potable quality water as defined by the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. This means it can safely be reintroduced back into the water supply without EPA penalties.

Using this combination of bore water supply and recycled water within the plant can represent a significant cost saving for your business.

Reducing reliance on the pond system to process water

A further benefit of VMT membrane processing is a reduced need for pond systems at your fish processing plant.

With 75% of water processed and recovered through VMT, the pond system is needed to process just 25% of its former load. With fewer and smaller ponds required, odours generated are substantially reduced – along with complaints from neighbouring residential areas.

To find out more about water recycling for fish processing facilities contact Syngineering online or call 1300 662 326.