Above and beyond. MPCA recognizes Liberty Paper, Inc., for improved industrial wastewater treatment in Becker.
And the winner is… Liberty Paper, Inc. (LPI)… and the city of Becker wastewater treatment facility… and lakes and streams in the Becker area… and waters downstream.
The Central States Water Environment Association recently named LPI its 2016 Industrial Achievement Award winner for the company’s proactive efforts to reduce environmental impacts relating to industrial wastewater.
LPI has been recycling old corrugated containers into new paper for packaging in Becker, Minn., since 1995. As the company grew and increased its operation, it became apparent that they could no longer meet effluent limits in the wastewater being discharged to the Becker municipal wastewater treatment facility. After nearly two years of trucking excess wastewater to the Met Council wastewater facility in St. Paul to avoid exceeding limits in Becker, LPI knew they needed to find a better solution. Working in partnership with the city of Becker, LPI built an effluent treatment plant (ETP) at its mill, designed to reduce carbonaceous biochemical oxygen demand (CBOD), by 80 percent or more.
LPI’s $12 million ETP has been fully operating since 2013, and currently reduces CBOD by nearly 98 percent. No more trucking wastewater to St. Paul. No more worrying about how to meet limits at the Becker wastewater facility. And no more threat to the environment. LPI won the award, but the company knows it is not the only winner here.
Visit LPI's web site to learn more about recycling and sustainability practices throughout their operation: libertypaper.com
For partnering with the city of Becker to drastically reduce effluent leaving its facility, the MPCA thanks Liberty Paper, Inc., for improved industrial wastewater treatment.