The rendering industry has led the recycling industry as we know it.
For over 200 years we have protected our environment by converting animal by-products from the human food processing industry into edible meat fractions, feed ingredients for livestock, companion animals and fish as well as pharmaceutical ingredients, edible tallow, tallow for soap, cosmetics and biofuels.
Nothing is wasted, we even return the water which represents 60% of animal bodyweight back to the environment to sustain our ecology.
Russell received the inaugral Ron Lyon award which began as a study award for young achievers in the industry and provided a $5000 grant to support travel and other expenses incurred in an investigation of rendering issues.
Russell investigated the use of filtration techniques to refine tallow and compare the cost of filtration as compared to centrifugation.
Russell is seen here receiving his award from Mrs. Lyn Lyon, with chair of the judging panel Brad Christensen looking on.