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Weston Foods Canada Inc. receives government investment


August 8, 2012
By Bakers Journal

Aug. 8, 2012, Toronto – Bernard Trottier, member of parliament for
Etobicoke–Lakeshore, on behalf of Gerry Ritz, agriculture minister,
announced last week an investment of $95,000 for a project that will
test a water recycling system used to treat wastewater from within a
food processing facility.

Aug. 8, 2012, Toronto – Bernard Trottier, member of parliament for Etobicoke–Lakeshore, on behalf of Gerry Ritz, agriculture minister, announced last week an investment of $95,000 for a project that will test a water recycling system used to treat wastewater from within a food processing facility.
 
This investment will go to Weston Foods Canada Inc., to pilot test a new onsite bio-digester for wastewater treatment. This process will allow the water to be reused or disposed of without having to be discharged to municipal sanitary sewers at a cost to the business, ultimately helping the company, which specializes in producing a wide variety of baked goods, achieve more cost-effective and sustainable water use.
 
Wastewater management is a top environmental issue facing the sector with the costs of water treatment doubling every six years. Pollutants in wastewater systems represent one of the largest sources of contaminants by volume in Canadian waters. The government says this project has the potential to improve awareness of best management practices and technologies to implement sustainable integrated water management practices in the food processing industry. The findings will be released to enable other facilities to implement similar technologies.
 
The investment is being provided through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP), a five-year (2009-2014), $163-million initiative that aims to help the Canadian agricultural sector adapt and remain competitive. In Ontario, the regional component of CAAP is delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC).