North American Renderers Associations
Since 1933, the North American Renderers Association (NARA) has been helping the rendering industry grow, advance, and become leaders in recycling and sustainability. The rendering industry consists of more than three-dozen firms operating more than 200 plants across the U.S. and Canada.
From the slaughter of more than 150 million head of cattle, calves, hogs, and sheep and more than 55 billion pounds of poultry annually, an enormous amount of byproducts are transformed into nearly 20 billion pounds of highly valuable feed and industrial products in the form of various types of fats and proteins. Rendering is a green industry that protects the environment by recycling carbon and energy and allowing items such as byproducts to be utilized as valuable pet or livestock feed ingredients or biodiesel rather than entering a landfill. Rendering is the most efficient and environmentally sound disposal alternative and has a low carbon footprint.