November 4, 2016 | The National Renderers Association has released a white paper that shows the important role rendering plays in the sustainability of animal agriculture and the food system. Some 56 billion pounds of meat by-products and used cooking oil is rendered yearly in the United States with another 6 billion pounds rendered in Canada.
Instead of these by-products ending up in landfills or as soil amendments, renderers efficiently convert them into ingredients for a host of products, from high-value animal feed to bioenergy to personal care and industrial products. All landfills in the United States would be full in four years without rendering, posing serious public health and environmental problems.
While providing these essential services, rendering plants boost sustainability by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving fuel and other natural resources, recycling processing heat, and, importantly, by contributing to their local economies and communities.
Click here for the complete white paper on rendering sustainability.