The wastewater industry has designed a type of circular economy. It is one in which all humans participate and it serves to protect the natural environment. Water resource recovery facilities around recycling our organic wastes, including sewage, food waste, and yard trimmings to produce energy and to produce fertilizer products that can be used on agricultural fields. These initiatives makes use of several beneficial qualities of organic materials we see thrown out as "waste", daily. Not only do we rescue nutrients and divert from landfills and onto agricultural land, green spaces in communities, and reclamation sites, but we provide a financial incentive by saving communities money on inorganic fertilizers.
You can begin to understand the cycle when you think of a growing city producing more food for people, flushing more toilets, and developing more green spaces where people can live and enjoy. The waste from those sources is treated in a way that it can produce energy that is used in homes and to treat and clean water that is returned to the environment. When the material is treated it is then safe to be applied to green space and agricultural land, thus returning the nutrients previously “thrown away” back into the nutrient cycle. As the city grows and more is sent to the reclamation facilities, more energy is generated and nutrients are recycled back into growing systems creating a loop.
We see Denali Water Solutions function as a driver in the circular economy of nutrient recycling by contributing to the environment and economic benefits of communities.