Ciner (pronounced ‘jin-ner’) Resources Corporation is one of the world’s largest producers of natural soda ash. Our 3.25 million ton facility in Green River, Wyoming mines and distributes natural soda ash around the world. As a global leader of the soda ash industry, we feel it is our corporate responsibility to set an environment-friendly precedent when it comes to mining trona from the Green River Basin. We understand how important the environment is to the future of our industry. As a result, our soda ash is mined naturally from the ground and refined with no additional chemicals.
Unnatural soda ash, also known as synthetic soda ash, is manufactured using Solvay or Hou processes. Both methods contain a number of different chemicals and leave behind byproducts, principally calcium and chloride. These byproducts exceed the weight of the soda ash they produce by about 50% and require seaside discharge or waste beds to catch the leftover impurities. This waste leads to water pollution and deterioration of the surrounding environment, including the destruction of nearby coral reefs, seagrass, and seaweed communities.
The Ciner method is not only environmentally friendly, it produces a purer, high-quality product. Our evaporative crystallizer technology allows us to recycle, refine, and reuse soda ash throughout the purification process. We maintain the purity and quality of our products using evaporative systems which add a concentrated aqueous solution that purifies the soda ash. This mixture of soda ash and water is contained in holding ponds throughout our facility. To further avoid waste and pollution, we developed a unique solution to reduce the capacity of these ponds and recover the reusable soda ash. When the soda ash in these ponds crystalize, we harvest and introduce them as additional feedstock to complement our trona mining efforts.
Ciner is committed to working toward producing innovative, reliable, and safe products for the environment and for decades to come.