Biosolids Newsclips 3-2-18

News from Within the MABA Region

Tyrone Consultant Says Digester Need Supported
Tyrone, PA (2/27/2018) - The borough of Tyrone recently heard that there would be strong interest from groups involved in biosolids disposal to bring their biosolids to Tyrone if the borough built a digester. Altoona is also considering constructing a digester and is exploring potential sources for material that could be digested.

Lystek Opponents Eye Vacant Seat on Glen Planning Board
Glen, NY (2/15/18) - An open seat in Glen’s planning board has added to the uncertainty of Lystek’s permit for a facility at the Glen Canal View Business Park. In addition, an activist group known as CALL, Citizens Against Local Landfills, reunited after 20 years of relative inactivity to fight Lystek’s permit.
Lystek Holds Info Session

News from Beyond the MABA Region

City awards contract for bio-solid waste transportation to Iowa firm
Cadillac, MI (3/1/18) - The Cadillac City Council unanimously approved a contract with Midwest Injection for transporting and land applying biosolids from the Cadillac Wastewater Treatment Plant to near by farm fields. According to Cadillac Director of Utilities, Jeffrey Dietlin, “The Cadillac Wastewater Treatment plant is one of five facilities in the state that produce bio-solid waste that is of high enough quality to be spread on crops as fertilizer.”

Slaying Sludge: Greenfield DPW Head Proposes Regional Digester
Greenfield, MA (2/26/18) - The town of Greenfield is looking to build a regional sludge digester, and the idea has already garnered letters of support by other towns, such as, Montague, Deerfield, Sunderland, Northfield and Hadley. Their next step is likely to start working on a feasibility study with regional partners.

Lead and Zinc Stabilization of Soil Using Sewage Sludge Biochar: Optimization through Response Surface Methodology
Journal, CLEAN – Soil, Air, Water (2/26/18) - This study investigates the effect of biochar produced from municipal sewage sludge on the stabilization of potentially toxic elements (PTEs), including lead (Pb), and zinc (Zn) in a mining polluted soil. Follow the link in the title to view the abstract.

Sewage Sludge Import Operation Moves to Walker County After Backlash
Walker County, AL (2/20/18) - Rail cars filled with biosolids being shipped from New York and New Jersey to Big Sky Landfill have been stopped in their tracks before reaching the landfill. Big Sky had been using a small rail spur in Jefferson County to transfer the containers of sludge from the train cars to trucks and drive them to the landfill. However, after numerous complaints from nearby residents, Jefferson County determined the operation violated the county's zoning laws and now Big Sky is needing to find an alternative place to transfer the carts from train to truck.
Mayor Works to Get Sewage Sludge Containers Gone
Some Parrish Residents Want Sewage Sludge Moved Out of Town
Parrish Tells Sewer Sludge Hauler to Get Out of Town
'It's a Horrible Smell:' Parrish Town Council to Meet Over Big Sky's Biosolid Storage

Council Increases Rates at City's Biosolids Facility
Fort Wayne, IN (2/20/2018) - Fort Wayne City Council approved an increase in rates for residents and businesses using the city's Biosolids Handling Facility.
New Biosolids Contract Will Save Fort Wayne Big Money

‘Biodigester’ Farm in Bath Twp. Raises Stink Among Neighbors
Bath Township, OH (2/24/18) - Neighbors around Pitstick Farms are filing complaints about odors caused by the land application of biosolids on Pitstick’s agricultural land. The Ohio EPA investigated the complaint and found no issues.

News from Abroad

Smithton Sewage De-Sludging Benefits Farms and Sea Water Quality
Smithton, Tasmania, Australia (2/21/18) - Smithton Sewage Treatment Plant is spreading biosolids on paddocks around Smithton as part of their de-sludging process. Although there were concerns that recent heavy rains washed the biosolids into the Smithton water supply, TasWater confirmed this was not happening.

Waste Water Treatment Design Tool Available on The Water Network
Zurich, Switzerland (2/27/18) - AquaSPE AG from Zurich Switzerland recently announced access to an open source Wastewater Treatment Plant design tool and WWTP knowledge sharing community on The Water Network. The tool generates preliminary engineering design documents for conventional Activated Sludge WWTPs that includes an equipment list, process flow and site plan within hours instead of weeks.

Biosolids Newsclips 2-16-18

New from Within the MABA Region

Glen Resident Challenge Biosolids Representatives
Glen, NY (1/22/18) - Lystek International gave a presentation on their company and answered questions about the company’s proposal to build a biosolids plant in the Glen Canal View Business Park during a planning board meeting held recently. Lystek also submitted a full application for their proposed biosolids plant. More on that story can be found at “Lystek Submits Full Application to Glen Planning Board for Facility”.
Lystek Truck Traffic Would Be a Danger
Sewage Sludge Processing Plant a Bad Deal for Glen
Lystek schedules public information meeting on biosolids plant
Area Residents Voice More Concerns About Lystek at Glen Meeting
Activist Group Reforms to Fight Biosolids Activity

News from Beyond the MABA Region

Lystek Wins Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) for Sustainable Biosolids Management in California
Sacramento, CA (1/17/18) - The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) presented Lystek International Ltd. with a Governor’s Environmental and Economic Award (GEELA) at a special award ceremony held at EPA’s headquarters in Sacramento, California. “The GEELA is California’s highest environmental honor. It is given to individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions in conserving California’s precious resources, protecting and enhancing the environment, building public-private partnerships and strengthening the state’s economy.”

How Bi-County Landfill Could Turn Wood Waste into Gas Energy
Bi-County, TN (1/19/18) - Bi-County is looking for ways to reduce their costs from leachate and sludge management at their landfill. Among the list of potential solutions is constructing a gasification plant at the site that would produce a biochar that could be used as a fertilizer or burned in incinerator.

'Sewage Sludge' Causing Big Stink in Federal Courthouse Showdown
Adamsville, AL (1/19/18) - One of Alabama's largest landfills, Big Sky Environmental, is at the center of a controversy after they accepted biosolids from New York and New Jersey. Sumiton Timber Company sued the Jefferson County Commission after they denied their request for rezoning that would have allowed them to keep dumping waste at Big Sky Environmental's current location.

CEQA Documents for the Biosolids Master Plan
Orange County, CA (2/14/18) - The public and responsible agencies have 45 days to review and comment on the Biosolids Master Plan Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report for Orange County. The proposed program lays out the upgrades to and construction of new biosolids handling facilities to be implemented over a 20-year planning period.

Mayor’s Corner: Fee Hikes Chip Away at Utility Needs
Long Beach, WA (1/23/18) - Long Beach utility is looking to change their biosolids management plans to follow new mandates from the Department of Ecology (DOE) requiring they change their land application process. After looking into several different short-term and long-term management solution and holding several public meetings, Long Beach will turn their biosolids into a compost that could be used by homeowners, contractors, businesses and schools. The utility is working with the city of Ilwaco and Seaview Sewer District on a plan to share one facility that would process all their biosolids.

Waste Water Biosolid Application Permitted on County Farmland
Columbus, IN (1/23/18) - A permit to land apply biosolids in the counties of Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Johnson and Jennings was recently renewed.

Biosolids Permit Under Review for Water Reclamation Plant: Public Notice Review
Aberdeen, SD (2/2/18) - The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources is reviewing a renewal application for Aberdeen’s Water Reclamation Plant. “The biosolids management permit allows the land application of biosolids produced at the Water Reclamation Plant. The permit specifies the quantity of biosolids that can be applied.”

City Wins Top State Award for Wastewater Treatment System | News | The Press and Standar
Walterboro, SC (1/24/18) - The City of Walterboro was presented with the Wastewater System of the Year award at the South Carolina Rural Water Association (SCRWA) 2017 Annual Conference. The city has acquired funding for a plant upgrade that will provide additional biosolids storage by converting an existing Flow Equalization (EQ) Basin to a new Aerobic Digestion Basin. A new bio-solids dewatering building has been constructed and will house two screw presses.

Sewage Plant Project Would End Landfill Green Waste Composting
Wailuku-Kahului, HI (1/26/18) - We continue to follow the story out of Wailuku-Kahulu from January’s Newsclips “ Draft EIS Complete for Proposed Energy Conversion Project”. The project calls for the installation of an anaerobic digester to produce methane gas from energy crops grown on former Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. lands. The methane would be used to power the sewage treatment plant with waste heat used to dry biosolids. The project is receiving mixed reactions from residents and public officials.
AD Facility Proposal in Hawaii Could Put Local Compost Operation Out of Business
Anaergia, Maui EKO Open Green Waste Dialogu

Michigan Approves New Rules for Biosolids
Adrian, MI (1/28/18) - The Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA) has approved guidance for local waste water treatment plant operators who spread Class A EQ biosolids. The new guidelines will help resolve issues of dust and runoff and was completed by Michigan DEQ and are expected to provide a clear best-practice method for applying biosolids. The new guidelines will be available on the MWEA website.

St. Lucie County Takes New Tack in Fighting Sunbreak Farms, Spread of Human Waste on Crops
St. Lucie County, FL (2/7/18) - The St. Lucie county commission is at odds with Sunbreak Farms, who is looking to annually fertilize crops with about 80,000 tons of compost mixed with biosolids. The county commission recently decided to change their legal strategy by challenging a water-quality permit Sunbreak needs from the South Florida Water Management District rather than Sunbreak Farms' permit with the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Biosolids workshop scheduled for Feb. 28
West Adams, CO (2/13/18) - “Colorado's West Adams Conservation District and the Brighton field office of the National Resources Conservation District will present an informational workshop about biosolids for boards, public officials and landowners.

Composting of Sewage Sludge with a Simple Aeration Method and its Utilization as a Soil Fertilizer
Springer (2/2/18) - A recently published study on examining sewage sludge composting using a simple aeration method.

Lancaster Wastewater Plant in Need of Millions of Dollars of Updates
Lancaster, OH (2/4/18) - The Water/Water Pollution Control Superintendent, Mike Nixon, is looking to spend between $5 million and $10 million on updates and replacing equipment at the Lawrence Street Water Pollution Control Facility. Their first step is to bring a firm in to evaluate the facility to evaluate the equipment and make recommendations on what's due for replacement and what's not.

New from Abroad

Tomatoes or Tomatos: Changing Biosolids Perceptions in the US
International Water Summit, Abu Dhabi (1/31/18) - Patrick Dube, WEF’s Biosolids Program Manager was interviewed by IWS TV at the International Water Summer. Listen to Dube share how WEF is focusing on promoting biosolids. He touches on microconstituents, biosolids products, how the wastewater industry is re-imaging wastewater treatment facilities as water resource recovery facilities and what other countries can learn from what the USA is doing focused on wastewater.

Marron Valley, Summerland Sites Put to the Curb
Marron Valley, BC, Canada (2/1/18) - The Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen directors voted not to re-engage the idea of locating a regional facility in Marron Valley or Summerland. The staff have been in search of a site, since 2006, to construct a facility that would compost yard waste, food waste (residential and commercial), and biosolids all in one location.

Detecting Emerging Pollutants in Leafy and Root Vegetables
Seville, Spain (2/12/18) - “Researchers from the University of Seville have developed a method for the determination of pollutants in leafy and root vegetables using ultrasound-assisted extraction (UAE), dispersive solid-phase extraction (d-SPE), and liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC–MS/MS).” These developments are accurate enough to detect household and industrial chemicals, such as per-fluoroalkyl compounds, nonionic surfactants, anionic surfactants, and plasticizers.

Land-based pollution with microplastics an underestimated threat
Berlin, Germany (2/5/18) - Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), in partnership with Freie Universität Berlin are working together to review previous individual studies on the topic of microplastics in relation to the effect of microplastics on terrestrial ecosystems. The article suggests that land application of biosolids contributes to the several thousand tons of microplastics entering terrestrial areas.

BARC develops technology to convert sewage into bio-fertilizer
Mumbai, India (2/8/18) - Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has successfully developed a technology to treat municipal sewage and convert the sludge into bio-fertiliser. The process involves crushing the dried sludge, exposing it to a 10-kGy radiation dose and spraying the sludge with Bio-NPK (Nitrogen Phosphorus Potassium) microorganisms to a bio-fertilizer.

Synagro Achieves Financial Close for Residual Treatment Facility in Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria, BC, Canada (2/6/18) - Synago announced that “the Hartland Resource Management Group (HRMG) has executed a contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the residuals treatment facility for the Capital Regional District (CRD).” Upon commencement of operations at the facility, Synagro will be the service provider for the project and will partner with the CRD for a 20-year operations-and-maintenance term to produce a thermally dried biosolids product.

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Computational Biosolids
Swansea, UK (1/19/18) - "The College of Engineering at Swansea University is seeking applications from researchers with expertise in Computational Biosolids for summer of 2018. The individual who fills this position will be expected to fulfill the roles of establishing a research program as well as serving as a mentor and teacher for students in the university. More details about the application process and position description can be found in the link in the Title." But read further:  "The application areas of interest include arterial wall, aortic and mitral valves, heart wall, clinical applications and any other complimentary area that is relevant to the computational biomedical engineering group within the Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering." 

Biosolids Newsclips 1-18-18

Dear Biosolids Friends,

Thank you for the more than a dozen presentation suggestions we received for our Summer Technical Symposium. The Program Committee is already at work going through them to create a great program in July. And before then, I will see some of you at the NYWEA 90th Annual Meeting and Exhibition, February 5 to 7 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Register here.  And, MABA is co-hosting with the NJWEA Biosolids Committee 11 presentations on Thursday, May 10, at the Bally's during the 103rd NJWEA conference. Again, this year, MABA members are invited to register at no charge for that one day session (and, yes, there is a free lunch, with a visit to the Exhibition Hall, one of the best in the country).

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Biosolids Newsclips 1-8-18

Dear Biosolids Friends,

Happy New Year... Most of us are confronting amazing COLD. A few of us have battled the flu (take care of yourself, Cheryl). And a few of us have had some amazing biosolids challenges (buck up, Jeff!)

I have reissued the Call for Presentations for the July 17th and 18th 2018 Summer Technical Symposium at the Back River Plant in Baltimore (thanks to the several of you who detected the typos in the dates; fake news can slip past even the most sincere of efforts for editing).  Again, the deadline for submitting presentation ideas is January 11. We have the Chesapeake watershed theme for Day 1, and the theme optimizing biosolids operations for Day 2.

A short while ago, I sent out a listing of the biosolids presentations for the NYWEA 90th Annual Meeting and Exhibition, November 5 to 7 at the Marriott Marquis in midtown Manhattan. Register here.

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Biosolids Newsclips 12-22-17

News from Within the MABA Region

Glen Board Approves Zoning Changes; Lystek Focus of Public Hearing
Glen, NY (12/11/17) - The town of Glen is considering approving a proposed project to allow Lystek to build in their industrial park. At a recent town hearing Glen Town Board unanimously voted to approve a resolution amending zoning regulations that are related to the proposed facility.
Biosolids Processor Eyes Montgomery County Site

Shingara Bros. to Continue Taking Biosolids at MCMA’s Sewer Plant
Mount Carmel, PA (12/15/17) - Mount Carmel Municipal Authority (MCMA) will contract with Dan Shingara Enterprises Inc. to remove and dispose of biosolids from the MCMA’s sewer plant.

News from Beyond the MABA Region

Hertford Fined $4K for Sludge Mishap
Hertford, NC (12/14/17) The NC Department of Environmental Quality fined the town of Hertford after a contractor spread biosolids on the wrong farm field.

You Know What Concord Needs? A Gigantic Vat of Bacteria to Eat Its Sewage
Concord, NH (12/4/17) - Chip Chesley, director of the General Services Department of Concord city government, oversees the wastewater treatment plant for Concord and hopes to see the city install a digester to help process their biosolids. This is a great article giving an overview of biosolids management in Concord, NH.

On the Left: Good sewage; Bad Sewage
Fairfield-Suisun, CA (12/12/17) -- A short story of Lysteks expansion, from working in Canada to its current project in Fairfield, CA.

Baraboo Plans to Upgrade Waste Treatment Facility
Baraboo, WI (12/11/17) - Baraboo’s Common Council’s Public Safety Committee voted to hire Staab Construction to upgrade equipment used to process biosolids. The project will cost about $3.2 million with funding coming from the Clean Water Fund loan, the village of West Baraboo, the town of Baraboo, and Devil’s Lake State Park.

Grand Rapids Breaks Ground on $38 Million Biodigester Sludge Treatment Center
Grand Rapids, MI (12/15/17) - “Grand Rapids broke ground on the $38 million dollar biodigester sludge treatment system that could help Grand Rapids reach sustainability goals.”

Wastewater Treatment Technology Makes North America Debut
Rockford, IL (12/16/17) - The Nereda® Aerobic Granular Sludge (AGS) Technology is a biological wastewater system that was created through a public-private partnership with Delft University, Dutch Water Authorities and Royal HaskoningDHV in the Netherlands. The technology has just entered the market in North America due to a partnership between Aqua-Aerobic Systems Inc. and Royal HaskoningDHV, where it will be marketed under the band AquaNereda® Aerobic Granular Sludge Technology. The technology is making its debut at the Rock River Water Reclamation District (RRWRD) in Rockford, Illinois.

Malcolm Fabiyi, Ph.D., Joins Drylet as Chief Operations Officer
San Francisco, CA (12/19/17) - Drylet, a wastewater remediation technology company, has welcomed Dr. Malcolm Fabiyi as their Chief Operations Officer and Vice President of Operations. “Prior to joining Drylet, Dr. Fabiyi was Global Market Director at Praxair, Inc., a Fortune 500 company where he led technology development and commercialization efforts across a range of market segments — including water and wastewater, pulp and paper, hydrometallurgy and textiles.”

News from Abroad

Preferred Proponent Selected for Residuals Treatment Facility Includes Synagro
Vancouver, BC, Canada (12/19/17) - Synagro has announced today that it is part of the Hartland Resource Management Group (HRMG) consortium selected to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a residuals treatment facility for the Capital Regional District (CRD). The facility will be located at the Hartland Landfill in the District of Saanich where it will process the residuals from the new McLoughlin Point wastewater treatment plant, producing a Class A biosolids product.

NSERC Grant Fosters Collaborative Partnership with Dr. Gordon Price of Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University, Canada (12/7/17) - “Through the award of a NSERC Engage Grant, the company will collaborate with Dr. Gordon Price, an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University and a leader in academic research in new technologies for waste bio-conversion and stabilization.” The NSERC Engage Grant is designed to give companies an opportunity to collaborate with Universities to develop new research projects.

Biosolids Newsclips 12-8-17

News from Within the MABA Region

Why a Proposed Sludge Treatment Plant May Have Hit a Bump in the Road
Plainfield Township, PA (12/1/17) - Synagro’s proposed heat recovery center at the Grand Central Sanitary Landfill in Plainfield Township has come across another hurdle. The facility would not follow a township zoning ordinance that requires buildings be built on property that has frontage on a public street or private street.

Numerous Environmental Violations at Mountaire in Millsboro
Millsboro, DE (11/18/17) - Mountaire Farm recently received a notice of violations by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Water. Among the violations listed in the notice was a violation from when Mountaire land applied biosolids throughout the summer of 2017 without notifying or submitting a cropping plan to DNREC. 

WOYM: Sewage Sludge by Any Other Name Would Smell as ... Sweet Profits for Region's Farmers
Roanoke, VA (11/19/17) - Western Virginia Water Authority’s wastewater treatment plant treats an average of 37 million gallons of wastewater daily. The facility offers their biosolids to local farmers for free and currently has a three year waiting list for farms looking to receive the solids. 

Biochar Plant Gets a Reaction
Fort Edward, NY (11/22/17) - John Dowd, a partner with Smart Terra Care, wants to build a biochar factory at a site in Fort Edward. The plant would take biomass waste from paper plants and biosolids waste from wastewater treatment plants to create a biochar that could be used as a fertilizer. 

News from Beyond the MABA Region

DETERMINATION OF NONSIGNIFICANCE (DNS) AND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Description of Proposal: 2015 Biosolids General Permit Revision
Long Beach, WA (11/21/17) - The public comment period for a proposed biosolids land application site in Pacific County, Washington was open until November 28. 

LETTER: The Woes of Biosolids in Ellis County
Ellis County, TX (11/16/17) - Anti-biosolids activist Craig Monk shares his standard rant in this Letter to the Editor. The Trinity River Authority responded to Monk’s letter in LETTER: In response to Craig Monk.

Village of Los Lunas to Invest in New Composting Project
Los Lunas, NM (11/22/17) - The Los Lunas village council recently approved the exploration and development of an industrial compost facility. The recycling facility will take sewage sludge and yard waste and produce a soil amendment. Currently, the city’s wastewater facility is capable of producing a Class B biosolids. The new facility will produce a higher quality product.

Canada-Based Waste-to-Energy Project Receives EPIC Backing
Santa Barbara, CA (11/24/17) - Lystek International was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant from the California Energy Commission's Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC). Lystek is expected to partner with Goleta Sanitary District and the University of California in Santa Barbara to deploy an organics to energy system. Lystek will construct and operate the unit, Goleta will be the host site and the university will provide the feedstock and potential volunteer participation from students and faculty. 

Albany, Millersburg to Sue CH2M Hill
Albany, OR (12/2/17) - The Albany and Millersburg city councils recently “agreed to take legal action against engineering firm CH2M Hill, seeking a remedy for damages caused by what they claim is defective work on their wastewater reclamation facility and the Talking Water Gardens wetlands.” CH2M Hill recommended a technology from Siemens that was expected to reduce the volume of biosolids and allow for land application. Both cities believe the technology has failed, requiring them to send their biosolids to landfill. 

News from Abroad

EBRD-Financed New Biogas Plant in Belarus to Turn Waste into Energy
Baranovichi, Belarus (12/1/17) - “The first biogas plant under a framework agreement between the government of Belarus and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in the municipal and environmental infrastructure sector has started operation in Baranovichi, a city in western Belarus with a population of more than 170,000 people.” 

Seeking for Opportunities with Yara Finland to Utilise Nutrients from Sludge in Fertilizers
Finland (11/23/17) - UPM, a company focused on creating sustainable solutions within the bio and forest industries are “working with crop nutrition company Yara to research possibilities for agricultural reuse of nutrients retrieved from the sludge originating from the pulp and paper mills’ production processes.” In the research project by UPM and Yara they used sludge from paper mills’ production processes as a fertilizer. The presented their findings at the “Feeding the Future” seminar in Helsinki.

Biosolids Newsclips 11-17-17

News from Beyond the MABA Region

Plan to Treat Sludge From Palo Alto at Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District Site Advances
Palo Alto, CA (10/25/17) - Progress has been made in the partnership to process Palo Alto’s sludge at a facility on property of the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District. The addition of Palo Alto’s sludge will help increase methane production for the facility, reducing electricity costs.

Feeling Dumped On: Mason Residents Upset By Biosolids Near Their Homes
Mason, MI (10/25/17) - Residents in Mason are considering purchasing land that the Portage Lake Water and Sewage Authority uses to apply biosolids. The authority applied biosolids to the site for 20 years starting in 1973 and renewed a 20 year lease to apply biosolids to the area in 2013. Residents have started to become concerned about the potential health effects and risks for contaminating groundwater and a nearby lake. Neil Hutzler, chair of the authority board, said testing over the past 25 years had not found groundwater contamination. A report from White Water Associates found that local sites had metals to be within the limits.
Biosolids Experts Answer Mason Residents Concerns

Continuing Scourge of Microplastics in Water to Be Gauged by New Research
University of Kansas (10/25/17) - Belinda Sturm, associate professor of civil, environmental & architectural engineering at the University of Kansas is leading a three-year $300,000 effort supported by the National Science Foundation to identify how plastics are transported into waters. The study will have several components including; engaging facilities through a sampling campaign to develop a publically accessible database, conducting experiments at the KU Biological Field Station to discover how microplastics in biosolids make their way into water through runoff and exploring how extracellular polymeric substances or EPS could help to clean water of more microplastics at wastewater plants.

Flat Rock Community Fights Against Biosolids
Chattanooga, TN (10/26/17) - At the recent Jackson County Commission work session, several Jackson County residents gathered to voice their concerns about the land application of biosolids in their community. They were linking land applied biosolids to local health problems.

Flagstaff City Council To Conduct A Light Work Session Tuesday Afternoon
Flagstaff, AZ (10/30/17) - The Flagstaff City Council held a working session to discuss the water service’s plan to conduct a Biosolids Master Plan. The plan will define a roadmap on how the city wants to treat, manage and dispose of wastewater biosolids from the Wildcat Hill Water Reclamation Plant.

Ketchikan Landfill Aims to Offer One-Stop Disposal Service
Ketchikan, AK (11/1/17) - Ketchikan’s city run landfill has an extensive recycling program. Among other initiatives, the facility composts yard waste with sludge from the city’s wastewater plant to use as soil for capping parts of the landfill.

Walbridge Opposes Sludge Application
Walbridge, OH (11/6/17) - “A resolution opposing the application of sewage sludge on local fields has been approved by Walbridge Village Council.” The township resolution requests that the EPA cease allowing the application of biosolids on farmland in the township because of potential runoff into local waterways.

Amid Policy Disputes, Austin Waste Contract Might Pose Lobbying Test
Austin, TX (11/7/17) - Political disputes over how Austin’s city waste contracts and lobbying restrictions were handled have halted the issuing of new contracts and spurred a stakeholder process to change the rules. The company most recognized for opposing the lobbying process is Texas Disposal Systems. They refused to operate within the current lobbying restrictions, which prompted the review. The council needs to move forward with a new biosolids contract and is now looking to do so free of any lobbying restrictions at this point in time.
Alter: Council is Letting Garbage Company Rewrite Lobbying Rules

City Races Winter to Empty Sewage Tanks
Port Huron, MI (11/16/17) - Biosolids appliers are racing to land apply their stored biosolids before the winter months. Port Huron has land applied about 6 million gallons of biosolids, so far.

News from Abroad

Immobilization of Heavy Metals in Sewage Sludge During Land Application Process in China: A Review
University of Shandong and Qilu University of Technology, China (11/7/17) - This article presents the environmental risks of heavy metals in biosolids, the common immobilization mechanism and speciation transformation occurring during the composting process and the problems that arise during the immobilization process. A link to the full report is here.

The Impact of Sewage Sludge and Compost on Winter Triticale
Tunisia (11/3/17) - “The present study was carried out to evaluate the effects of sewage sludge, and green waste compost application, on a forage crop, triticale “X Triticosecale Wittmack” compared to unfertilized control.” To read the full abstract follow the link in the title.

Composite Biomass Energy Helps Generate Renewable Energy in Japan
Toyohashi, Aichi, Japan (11/3/17) - A public private partnership has led to the construction and operation of a combined biomass energy facility receiving treated sewage sludge, garbage and human waste from residents in Toyohashi City.

Yorkshire Water Embraces the Sludge Treatment Market
Bradford, UK (10/31/17) - Yorkshire Water is looking to offer more opportunities for third-party companies to enhance how it transports, treats and recycles sludge.

Thames Water Draws up New Smell-Control Measure for Oxford Sewage Treatment Works in Littlemore
Oxford, UK (10/31/17) - A consortium of landowners, including Oxford City Council, Magdalen College and Thames Water, are hoping to sell off land immediately south of a treatment plant, for a 3,500-homes estate.The company had specialists from Odournet run an official Odor Impact Assessment and decided to increase their smell-control methods. The proposed changes include installing a new cover for their digested sludge holding tank, new walls for the open-sided 'cake barn' and a new odor control unit. They are also planning a new 15m high stack to 'disperse emissions from the cake barn.

Severn Trent Invests £60m in Biogas Upgrade
Sutton Coldfield, UK (11/1/17) - Severn Trent has invested in a thermal hydrolysis plant at the Minworth Sewage Treatment Works that is expected to be fully operational by 2018. As a company, Severn Trent hopes to generate about 50% of their energy by 2020 and the thermal hydrolysis process will be influential in reaching that goal.

Stench from Biosolids in Rural B.C. Community Raises Concerns
Barnhartvale, BC, Canada (11/1/17) - The smell coming from biosolids applied at a nearby farm has residents in Barnhartvale concerned that the odor may impact the community’s health.

Company Ordered to Stop Sludge Works
Adamstown, Wexford, Ireland (10/28/17) - Enva Organics is part of a group that was issued an enforcement notice to cease the unauthorized change of use of land for the storage of biosolids for use as an organic fertilizer by the planning enforcement department at Wexford County Council. The enforcement notice came after residents issued complaints about odors coming from stored biosolids. Enva is working to comply with the planning enforcement notice and has ceased all use of the facility pending a decision by the planning authority. They have
applied for planning permission to use a shed on the land for storage.
Planning Denied for Controversial Wexford Sludge Site Over ‘Risk to Public Health’
Adamstown Sludge Plant Refused Planning

Manure, Biosolids Management Program Launched in Ontario
Ontario, BC, Canada (11/7/17) - The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) is offering a funding program by helping invest in nutrient application equipment. The Manure and Biosolids Management Program is offering 60 percent cost-share support, up to a maximum of $25,000 per business for Ontario’s nutrient applicators. Funding is available on a first-come first-served basis.

Summerland Says No to Biosolid Compost Site
Summerland, BC, Canada (10/24/17) - Summerland councilors voted against a proposal by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) to build a biosolids composting facility at the local landfill.
Compost Decision Needed Further Study, Waterman Says

Biosolids Newsclips 10-24-17

News from Within the MABA Region

State Legislators Taking Closer Look At Biosolids
VA (10/18/2017) -- Virginia Farmer, David Hudnall, is interviewed to discuss the use of biosolids on his 3,000 acre farm. This article references the VA JLARC Report.

Sludge Treatment Plant Developers Revise Plans for Slate Belt Site
Slate Belt, PA (10/10/17) -- Synagro has submitted a revised application to Plainfield Township. The application has eliminated the contentious plan to discharge water into local creeks and has addressed other small concerns from the original application.
Big Crowd Expected for Sludge-to-Fertilizer Meeting

News from Beyond the MABA Region

San Francisco PUC selected for major EPA water infrastructure loan
San Francisco, CA (10/17/17) -- San Francisco was selected as a recipient of an Environmental Protection Agency WIFIA (Water Infrastructure and Financing Innovation Act) loan that will fund half of the city’s biosolids facility upgrades.

It’s the Great Pumpkin Rover
Cadillac, MI (10/21/17) Pumpkins are being grown at the Cadillac Wastewater Treatment Plant to show the difference in plant growth between soils with biosolids fertilizer and regular soils. They are considering growing sunflowers as another demonstration of how biosolids helps crops.

Mason Residents Concerned About Biosolid Spreading
Mason, MI (10/17/17) -- Mason residents are concerned about the health and environmental impacts for biosolids application on a brownfield site near Mason. The site received biosolids from 1968 to 2012 and resumed in the past year. Residents are discussing whether they will purchase the land for community recreational use.

Complaints in Hill County About Foul Smelling Fertilizer
Itasca, TX (10/18/17) -- Residents in Hill County are complaining about strong odors coming from biosolids applied by a contractor with Trinity River Authority. The facility is looking into technologies that reduce odors.

Palo Alto Sludge May Come to Fairfield-Suisun Plant
Palo Alto, CA (10/22/17) -- Palo Alto has decommissioned its sludge incinerators and is seeking a five-year solution for processing the material starting next fiscal year. They are interested in transporting biosolids to a Lystek facility in Fairfield, but will need additional partners to digest and haul the solids before they enter the Lystek facility.

WSU, PNNL Convert Biofuel Waste Into Commodity, Now Targeting Sewage Sludge
Richland, WA (10/6/17) -- The process of converting algae into a biofuel is a two-step process. In the first step, hydrothermal liquefaction, a portion of carbon and nutrients are left behind. A team of researchers from the Washington State University have found a way to adapt anaerobic microbes to break down those nutrients into a bionatural gas or fertilizer. The research team is now partnering with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to research how to convert sewage sludge into fuel. This research article is saved in the MABA Members Site or can be purchased “Anaerobic digestion of organic fraction from hydrothermal liquefied algae wastewater byproduct”.
Algae Biofuel Waste Converted to ‘Valuable’ Commodity

Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Watertown, SD (10/6/17) -- The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) received an application for the renewal of a Biosolids Management permit from the City of Watertown. The permit will allow the city of Watertown’s wastewater treatment facility to land apply or landfill treated biosolids at the Watertown Municipal Landfill.

Phosphorus Availability of Sewage Sludge-Based Fertilizers Determined by the Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films (DGT) Technique
Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science (9/10/17) -- Researchers used “diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) technique to quantify the plant P availability of various types of P fertilizers with a novel focus on sewage sludge-based P fertilizers.” This experiment was done as a way to explore alternative ways to measure plant available P outside of pot and field experiments. You can view the abstract and purchase the article by following the link in the title.

Waterworld Weekly Newscast
Waterworld (10/9/17) -- Waterworld brings us news reports on: Crow water treatment plant getting vandalized, North Las Vegas implementing a wastewater pretreatment program under settlement, Rice scientists developing a 'super filter' to clean frack water for reuse and Australian farms reaping benefits of human biosolids.

Cities Seek Advice on $7 Million Sludge Plant
Long Beach and Ilwaco, WA (10/10/17) -- Long Beach and Ilwaco leaders are planning to construct a facility that will produce a mulch using treated sludge from each city’s wastewater treatment facility.

Hickory-Area Middle School Students Set Sights on Saving Environment
Hickory, NC (10/13/17) -- Eighth-Grade students “are beginning a project with the Town of Valdese Lake Rhodhiss Wastewater Treatment Plant to develop a solution that will alleviate the plants surplus of biosolids compost created during the filtration process.”

MSD is Giving Away Treated Sewage Sludge Fertilizer - But You Need a Really Big Truck
Louisville, KY (10/13/17) -- Louisville Green is giving away its biosolids fertilizer in free 15 ton loads. This comes after a drop in fertilizer prices prompted a change in contract between MSD and Mannco of Arkansas. Compost will be given away until a new agreement is created.

News from Abroad

GWC Works Toward Sludge Solutions
Glasgow, Scotland (10/12/17) -- Glasgow Water Company is looking to land apply biosolids as a solution to their current sewage management challenges. They will need to look into additional permitting applications and testing.
Researchers Take the 'Stink' Out of Wastewater Treatment
Okanagan, BC, Canada (10/10/17) -- Researchers from University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus have experimented with adding various metal salts during the anaerobic digestion process in wastewater treatment plants to reduce odors. By adding the metal salts during the fermentation process of the treatment, the researchers saw a reduction in sulfuric gases produced, a decrease in pathogenic fecal coliforms, and found it easier to extract water from the treated sludge.The research article mentioned in this news item is available on the Members Site and can be purchased “Assessing iron and aluminum-based coagulants for odour and pathogen reductions in sludge digesters and enhanced digestate dewaterability

Reduction on Environment
Montagu, Tasmania (10/6/17) -- TasWater will be using treated wastewater traditionally discharged into Kemps Bay at Montagu to irrigate neighboring agricultural land. The water will be coming from Smithton Sewage Treatment Plant at Pelican Point. In addition to irrigation, the wastewater treatment plant has found local farms to land apply biosolids coming from their sewerage ponds.

Gold and Silver Worth Millions Found in Swiss Sewage
Ticino, Switzerland (10/10/17) -- A study has shown that concentrations of gold and silver in wastewater from Ticino are sufficiently high for recovery to be potentially worthwhile”, according to a federal science report. The same study also found traces of rare earth elements in the wastewater.
Scientists Say 43 Kilos of Gold is Flushed Through Swiss Sewers Each Year
Switzerland Wastewater Worth $3.4 Million In Gold, Silver

Biosolids Newsclips 10-5-17

News from Beyond the MABA Region

Biosolids Stench Dissipates From Glen Ellyn After Wastewater Plant Takes Action
Glen Ellyn, IL (10/2/17) -- In our last Newsclips we heard about the initial discovery of odors from digesters in Glen Ellyn being in an “upset condition” in the article Overwhelming Odor in Glen Ellyn: Wastewater Authority Presents Game Plan. Since then, the facility took action and recently a third-party testing facility found that "none of the organic compounds detected in the area around the wastewater treatment plant exceeded the acceptable levels according to the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety Standards."

Study: Rain and Snow Can Transport Chemicals to Minnesota’s Lakes, Rivers
MN, State (9/29/17) -- Biosolids may be one of many sources of pharmaceuticals and other chemicals found in remote Minnesota lakes.

Soil Amendments for Healthier Spinach
Salinas Valley, CA (10/4/17) -- Soils in Salinas, California are naturally rich in cadmium and as a result, spinach grown in the area can sometimes contain levels of cadmium beyond the amount determined safe. To address high levels of cadmium in otherwise fertile soils, researchers from the Sustainable Mineral Institute in Brisbane, Australia are testing zinc and manganese salts, limestone and biosolids compost as soil amendments. Research found that a combination of compost, zinc and limestone brought the levels of cadmium found in spinach down to nontoxic levels. They hope to extend the study to determine the ideal combination of amendments and to study vegetables besides spinach. Purchase the full research article Spinach from a Cd-Mineralized Soil, Journal of Environment Quality.

Making a Stink
Spokane, WA (9/21/17) - This is another story coming from Spokane about the proposed biosolids permit for land at Rosman Farms. Community members formed the group, Protect Mill Canyon Watershed, that opposes the permit and is calling for the Department of Ecology to “halt all biosolids permits in the state  until further research is completed”. Their effort is supported by the local Sierra Club, the Columbia Institute for Water Policy and other environmental groups and nonprofits. For more information, you can check out the article included in the last Newsclips “Mill Canyon Farm Applies to use Fertilizer Derived from Municipal Sewage” or another article we found this week “Lincoln County Residents Fight Biosolids on Nearby Farm

News from Abroad

Bio-solid Composter Plant to Close
Waikato, New Zealand (9/26/17) -- The biosolids composter unit in Waikato, New Zealand will be shut down because the operating costs exceeds the savings.
Whitianga Bio-solid Composter Unit Closed

Achieving Stable Mainstream Nitrogen Removal Via the Nitrite Pathway by Sludge Treatment Using Free Ammonia
The University of Queensland, Australia (9/26/17) -- Researchers at the University of Queensland have published this piece on Nitrogen Removal. “This study demonstrates an innovative approach for attaining the nitrite pathway based on sludge treatment using free ammonia (FA, i.e., NH3)”.

Australian Farmers Are Using Human Waste as Fertilizer. And it's Working
Sydney, Australia (9/27/17) -- More happy farmers using biosolids in Australia. This time with a short video!
Hawkesbury Poo Helping Farmers in Central West and Hunter

Sludge Facility Project Gets Moving
Hanover, ON, Canada (9/27/17) -- The construction cost of a biosolids storage facility in Hanover has doubled because additional work needs to be done in order to fall within government regulations. The town has decided not to apply for additional funding and will need to pull more from their sewer reserve funds to cover the extra costs.

Nawassco Ventures Into Producing Fertilizer Out of Human Waste
Nakuru, Kenya (9/28/17) -- Nakuru Water and Sanitation Service Company, NAWASSCO, is producing a struvite and biochar from their sludge. Right now they are facing challenges with funding and are experiencing high production costs because they need to source magnesium oxide.

Ladysmith Expects Costs Overruns on Construction of New Biosolids Facility
Ladysmith, BC, Canada (9/28/17) -- Ladysmith’s new biosolids facility will be slightly over budget due to unforeseen costs in the geotechnical works as well as additional work needed for the building code analysis and for coordinating registered professionals.


Biosolids Newsclips 9-21-17

News From Within the MABA Region

From Waste to Garden Riches
Washington, D.C. (9/15/17) -- Dr. Francis Gouin carries an impressive resume, having dedicated 20 years to compost research. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, founder of the Master Gardener program in Maryland and writes columns on gardening for The Bay Weekly, Annapolis Horticultural Society and other nursery and landscape publications. Dr. Gouin is now speaking up to share his excitement about DC Water’s Bloom. He blends bloom with other soil amendments and is testing the mix with broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, onions, peppers and spinach. So far, tests have shown Bloom providing outstanding results for plant growth and health.


News From Beyond the MABA Region

Residents Frustrated By Treated Human Waste Fertilizer
Webb City, MO (9/6/17) -- Residents in Webb city are upset about not receiving advance notice of treated human waste being spread near their homes.


Leaders Make Their Case at Hub City Tour
Williston, ND (9/7/17) -- The new Williston Water Resource Recovery Facility has been criticized by some citizens who say the facility is too costly. City officials have responded saying the facility was built with consideration of new regulatory requirements on the horizon that would require the facility to retrofit the plant with additional parts down the line if foresight was not used.

23 Years, 80,075 Tons of Yard Debris, 100 Batches of Compost
Port Townsend, WA (9/6/17) -- The City of Port Townsend recently celebrated the sale of its 100th batch of city compost. This article shares information about city’s compost facility, which is able to accept three waste streams to produce its compost; biosolids, septage solids from the pumping of septic tanks in Jefferson County and yard debris from the community.

WA group Starts Campaign to Stop Use of Biosolids on Ag Land
Davenport, WA (9/7/17) -- “Members of the Protect Mill Canyon Watershed citizen committee in Eastern Washington are launching a letter-writing campaign asking the state to deny a permit to a company to apply biosolids to a Davenport, Wash., farm, and stop approving permits for applications to agricultural lands until existing science is reviewed.”

Award-Winning BIosolids Facility Offer Free Drop-Off This Saturday
Fort Wayne, IN (9/8/17) -- Fort Wayne City Utilities’ Biosolids and Composting Facility was honored with the 2017 Residuals & Resource Recovery Award for Excellence in Operation by the Indiana Water Environment Association. The facility held a day where residents of Allen County could dispose of yard and garden waste, tree branches, brush and grass clippings free of charge.
Verbatim: City Biosolids Facility to Offer Free Drop-off Saturday to County Residents

Trinity River Authority of Texas Awards MWH Constructors $196M Contract
Arlington, TX (9/8/17) -- MWH Constructors has been awarded a $196 million contract by the Trinity River Authority of Texas to provide construction and start-up/commissioning support for the Phase III-B Solids Management Improvement Project for the Central Regional Wastewater System CRWS. The plan will replace the lime stabilization process, provide a significant reduction of biosolids produced and diversify the potential end uses for the biosolids. The project is the third in the United States to use the Cambi Thermal Hydrolysis Process.

Lake Twp.: Trustees Ask for End to Sludge Application
Lake Township, OH (9/8/17) -- “A resolution asking the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to cease allowing the application of Class B biosolids on farmland in Lake Township has been approved by the township trustees.” The vote came about after a township administrator was contacted by a resident claiming they were not aware that biosolids would be applied to land near their property and were worried about the biosolids being applied near a creek.

Energy, Cost Savings Expected from New $32M Water, Waste Treatment Facilities
Pontiac, MI (9/12/17) -- Representatives from the Oakland County Water Resources Commission broke ground on the site where the new biosolids handling building facility will be built. For more about this project check out the article linked above or the article from the last biosolids NEWSCLIPS.
Michigan Waste Treatment Facility Gets $32M Update

Brandon Sewer Lagoons Offer Fertilizer to Sioux Falls-area Farmers
Sioux Falls, SD (9/15/17) -- The City of Brandon is pumping sewage out of its lagoons and sending it to Sioux Falls where it will be processed into biosolids and land applied.

Overwhelming Odor in Glen Ellyn: Wastewater Authority Presents Game Plan
Glen Ellyn, IL (9/15/17) -- The Glenbard Wastewater Authority recently announced it had put an indefinite moratorium on its oil, fat, and grease intake program. The facility traced an odor issue back to two of the plant’s digesters being in an “upset condition”. The plant had been receiving an inconsistent volume of biosolids the past year, but over the summer the deliveries increased and cause the digesters to get overloaded. The biosolids ferment and cause high pH levels.

Alliance Council OKs Biosolids Conversion Project
Alliance, OH (9/18/17) -- Members of Alliance’s city council unanimously authorized city Safety-Service Director Michael Dreger to contract for the design and construction of a Class A biosolids facility with Quasar Energy Group for a cost not to exceed $1,969,518.


News from Abroad

Northside Site Chosen for Biosolids Storage Facility
Newtown/Kilshane, Ireland (9/7/17) -- More coverage on the new biosolids storage facility. IRISH Water has chosen a site at Newtown/Kilshane, in Dublin 11 for a new facility to store biosolids from the upgraded Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant and at the Greater Dublin Drainage project.
Fingal site for biosolid store

Central Okanagan Communities Buy Their Way Out of Sewage Sludge Controversy
West Kelowna, BC, Canada (9/13/17) -- The Central Okanagan Regional District, on behalf of three communities, awarded two, three-year contracts for Class B sewage sludge transportation and disposal.

Residents Raise Concerns About Biosolids
Lucan Biddulph, ON, Canada (9/13/17) - Lucan Biddulph denied an application for rezoning that would allow for biosolid storage at an old livestock waste storage facility at Knip Farms Inc. in Lucan Biddulph. Residents raised concerns with biosolids transportation issues and the sources of the material. Although the application was denied, Knip Farms Inc. and Frank A Dietrich Farms Ltd., have been approved to spread biosolids on their land until the end of 2021.

Rocket Fuel: Sydney Solids the Country’s Golden Manure
Sydney, Australia (Sydney Water is producing about 180,000 metric tons of biosolids fertilizer. Sheep farmer Stuart Kelly is ecstatic about the results he is seeing on his grazing fields and in the size of his sheep and the volume of wool they grow.
How Human Waste is Helping Aussie Farmers Get the Best out of Their Land

Biosolids Newsclips 9-7-17

News from Within the MABA Region

Humans Have Been Using Their Waste As Fertilizer for Centuries. Now it Might Be Marketable
Washington, D.C. (8/23/17) -- DC Water’s Bloom fertilizer is the focus of this Washington Post article. The article sheds light on some of the concerns people have over land applying biosolids and also explains the extensive testing DC Water goes through to ensure a safe product.

Biosolids Alternative Would Use AWA Equipment, Land Method Could Also Generate Revenue
Altoona, PA (8/27/17) -- Several months ago, the Altoona board hear a presentation about sludge blow-drying equipment that could replace their existing centrifuge and help the authority generate revenue from producing a fertilizer product. Recently, the board heard another management alternative called “ deep row hybrid poplar biosolids recycling”. The biosolids would be put in trenches or land applied in forests to help mitigate environmental damage from strip mines. The method would remove the regulatory challenges of land applying biosolids on farmland.


News from Beyond the MABA Region

Biosolids Supervisor
Portland, OR (8/24/17) -- Veolia North America Seeks a Biosolids Supervisor in Portland, Oregon. Read more about the position description and job requirements in the job posting.

Jackson County Residents Petition Against the Use of Biosolids on Farms
Flat Rock, AL (8/25/17) -- Residents in Flat Rock are speaking out against the use of biosolids in Jackson County. The biosolids, produced at Moccasin Bend Wastewater Treatment Plant and distributed by Denali Water Solutions, created a stir in the community because of their odor.

Upgrades Continue at Water Protection Facility
St. Josephs, MO (8/26/17) -- The St. Joseph’s water protection facility is going through a series of upgrades. The plant just received a new inductively coupled plasma spectrometer and is making adjustments to their biosolids dryer to improve its efficiency. The dryer belt has been in operation for a year and the city hopes to produce a pelletized fertilizer once the equipment has been commissioned. For now, the biosolids produced are being landfilled.

Notice of Biosolids Management Recommendation and Application
City of Hot Springs, SD (8/29/17) -- The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) received an application for the renewal of a Biosolids Management permit from the City of Hot Springs. The permit “will allow the facility to landfill treated biosolids produced at Hot Springs’s wastewater treatment facility at the Rapid City Municipal Landfill. It also allows the facility to compost and distribute to the public Class A biosolids or the land application of biosolids to the 520 acres of agricultural land near the airport.”

Michigan Waste Treatment Facility Gets $32M Update
Pontiac, MI (8/29/17) -- The Oakland County Water Resources Commission is planning a new biosolids treatment facility at its Clinton River Water Resource Recovery Facility in Pontiac. The update will include a process called thermal hydrolysis pretreatment to treat the sewage sludge.
WRC to Invest $32M into High-Tech Waste Treatment

Mill Canyon Farm Applies to use Fertilizer Derived from Municipal Sewage
Spokane, WA (8/28/17) -- Residents are concerned over Rosman Farm’s permit request to land apply biosolids. The Department of Ecology expects to sign off on the certification in the next two months.

Mountains of Rich Compost Free at Treatment Plant
Ruidoso and Ruidoso Downs, NM (8/29/17) -- The wastewater treatment plant serving Ruidoso and Ruidoso Downs has accumulated a huge quantity of Class A biosolids that they have not been able to give away. They are looking at landfilling as a disposal option, but would prefer to find a way to put it to beneficial use.

Biosolids Analysis and In-depth Research on Market Size, Trends, Emerging Growth Factors and Forecasts 2017-2021
Absolute Reports (9/1/17) -- “The Biosolids Market research report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global Biosolids industry for 2017-2021. The Biosolids report enlists several important factors, starting from the basics to advanced market intelligence which play a crucial part in strategizing.”

Zellwood fertilizer Co. Uses Central Florida Human Waste, Disney Food Scraps in New ProductOrlando, FL (8/29/17) -- Zellwood fertilizer company Anuvia is preparing to launch a new fertilizer product, Anugreen, which is composed of biosolids and food waste from the region.

 News from Abroad


Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant Operation in Ctg Starts in September
Chittagong, Bangladesh (8/25/17) -- Dustha Shasthya Kendra (DSK), an NGO is implementing a project funded by WaterAid Bangladesh to build a faecal sludge treatment plant. According to a report prepared by the Department of Environment, the city currently produces 760 tons of solid waste daily which is openly dumped in two different areas within the city which resulted in a fall in water quality in nearby rivers. The solid waste is expected to be added to other solid wastes and included in the manufacturing of a fertilizer produced at a manufacturing plant that is already in operation.

Irish Water Identifies Site for Storing Treated Sewage Sludge
Dublin, Ireland (8/29/17) -- Irish Water announced its “preferred site” for a biosolids storage facility, at Newtown/Kilshane, Co Dublin. The site will “undergo further environmental studies and assessments in preparation of a planning application for the project. The six-week consultation runs until October 10th.”
Site Identified To Store Treated Sewage Sludge

Biosolids Newsclips 8-24-17

News from Within the MABA Region

Rehoboth Updates Wastewater Agreement with Sussex County
Rehoboth, DE (8/7/17) -- Rehoboth and Sussex County are entering into a new agreement to manage their biosolids. Rehoboth currently takes the sludge or biosolids from Sussex and dewaters it until they transport it to farmland. Now, Sussex County will take the dewatered biosolids and transport it to a larger facility where it can be treated further. Rehoboth Approves New County Agreement

Would You Use Human Waste in Your Garden?
Washington, D.C. (8/23/17) -- DC Water’s Bloom product is the focus of this article.

Letters: Biosolids; Reputation; Lincoln weeps; Misquoted; Taney statue
Maryland (8/22/17) -- This letter, authored by anti-biosolids activist Caroline Snyder is a response to a different letter published, titled “Recycling triangle”.

Landfill Open House Gives Madison County Residents Up - Close Look at ARE Park
Madison County, NY (8/5/17) -- Madison County is considering bringing a biosolids processing plant to their community in response to the potential for New York state to ban organics from going into landfills.

News from Beyond the MABA Region

We Fought This as Best We Could.' County Supervisors to Settle Decade-Long Sludge Lawsuit
Kern County, CA (8/8/17) -- “Kern County has decided to end its decade-long legal battle to defend a voter-approved ban on the land application of treated sewage sludge, settling with the City of Los Angeles.”

Controversial Haines City Composting Facility to Stay Closed
Haines City, FL, (8/6/17) -- Haines City Commission voted 3-0 for a settlement agreement that will close a BCR Environmental composting plant. “City Manager Rick Sloan said the city will look for another company that specializes in environmental or energy-saving products to lease the facility to.”

Lake Twp. resident concerned about sludge application
Toledo, OH (8/4/17) -- Residents adjacent to a field where biosolids were being applied raised concern because they were not informed the biosolids was being applied.

San Francisco’s Largest Wastewater Treatment Facility Awarded $939M Contract For Upgrades
San Francisco, CA (8/4/17) -- “MWH Constructors and Webcor Builders, a construction joint venture, was awarded a $939 million contract by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) to serve as construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC) for the Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant Biosolids Digester Facilities Project.” The project is one of the first in the U.S. to use the Cambi Thermal Hydrolysis Process (CambiTHP).Broomfield firm will help upgrade San Francisco water plant in $939M deal
Sludge problem for Kensett
Kensett, AR (8/22/17) -- Kensett has about 200,000 pounds of wastewater sludge that is not breaking down properly. After making a few attempts to break down the sludge they are now planning to pump the sludge into an old wastewater pond and start the process over.

Lystek Contract to Divert Class B Biowaste from Landfill in California
Petaluma, CA (8/18/17) -- Lystegro has entered into a multi year contract, with the City of Petaluma, to accept their Class B Biosolids. Lystek will convert the Class B biosolids into Lystegro, their Class A EQ biofertilizer.
City of Petaluma Awards Lystek with Biosolids Management Contract

Kenansville Residents Fight Landowner's Plan to Turn Raw Sewage into Fertilizer
Kenansville, FL (8/16/17) -- A Kenansville landowner is looking to use his property to process sludge into a fertilizer and is being met with resistance from the town board. After being encouraged by a board member to find another use for the land, the landowner, Bill Folsom, decided to move forward, starting the permitting process at the state level with the Environmental Protection Agency.
Potential Kenansville biosolids plant meets resistance

Biosolids Sales Market 2017 - Recyc Systems Inc., New England Fertilizer Company, Englobe, Merrell Bros., Inc.
Apex Research (8/15/17) --  “Apex Research, recently published a detailed market research study focused on the "Biosolids Sales Market" across the global, regional and country level.” One feature of the study is to share the Biosolids Sales Market performance in terms of volume and revenue.

Ecology: No Threat in Biosolid Use on Ag Lands
Onalaska, WA (8/14/17) --  Fire Mountain Farms is seeking a permit to land apply biosolids and a group of residents formed the group - Protect Mill Canyon Watershed - to work to protest the requested permit. The Washington State Department of Ecology says there’s no risk to applying biosolids to an agricultural field in Eastern Washington despite the concerns. They are currently developing a response to the group’s comments and will make a determination on Fire Mountain Farms’ application in the next 2 months.

St. Pete Officials Defend Safety of Waste-to-Energy Project
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (8/10/17) -- A city biosolids processing plan have been criticized in “Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report that said the city's biosolids project at the Southwest plant was risky because it would produce and store methane gas next to the campus of Eckerd College.” The school hired an independent sewer consultant to look into the issue and eventually the consultant declared it safe.

Austin Waste Contract Recommendations in, But Political Disputes Go On
Austin, TX (8/6/17) -- An updated contract to process Austin’s biosolids has been on hold since December because board members have turned down all proposed options. A new contract is expected to move forward with stricter requirements for producing only compost from the biosolids.
Austin to Receive Recommendations for New Waste Collection Contract

News from Abroad

Stithians Farmer Defends New Storage Tanks and Use of Septic Tank 'Sludge' On Field
Stithian, UK (8/9/17) -- Residents of the hamlet of Carn and the surrounding area have accused the owners of a farm and septic tank service company Aquarod, of installing sludge treatment tanks without planning permission, and of planning to run a new human waste disposal and fertilizer business out of the site without the appropriate consent.

Coffee, Crops and Doughnuts Workshop Upcoming
Dundalk, ON, Canada (8/9/17) -- Over the past year and a half, staff at Saugeen Conservation have started delivering Coffee, Crops & Doughnuts events that offer continuing education units for Crop Advisors. Lystek will host the next event at its facility in Dundalk. The event will include a tour of the facilities so farmers can learn about the benefits of biosolids to soil structure. There will also be a tour of the Lystek demonstration plots.

Water industry researches new biosolids use hazards in agriculture
Energy & Environment Management (8/17/17) -- A new UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR) project aims to establish a robust, evidence-based response to concerns about the discovery of various emerging hazards being found in biosolids. “The strategic UKWIR-funded project, SL01, is being led by environmental consultancy ADAS, working with a consortium of research bodies, including Cranfield University, the James Hutton Institute and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), as well as environmental consultancy Aqua Enviro, which has direct experience in biosolids’ production and quality control.”

Biosolids Newsclips 8-4-17

News from Within the MABA Region

BOS Urges Inspections for Farm Use Vehicles that Haul Sludge
Goochland, VA (7/21/17) -- County leaders are pushing state legislators to require all vehicles transporting biosolids to undergo state inspection. District 1 representatives are concerned about vehicles designated “farm use” that are not required to be registered or inspected, but still transport biosolids to farms.

City of Watertown Selects Company to Haul Sludge
Watertown, NY (7/24/17) -- Casella Organics won a contract to market and haul sludge from the Watertown's wastewater treatment plant. Casella will haul 1,000 to 5,000 tons of sludge from the plant and will be paid $744,500 during the duration of the contract, which will expire in 2022.

News from Beyond the MABA Region

ESB Members Get The Dirt On Compost
Los Alamos, NM (7/25/17) -- Members of the county Environmental Sustainability Board were given a tour of the wastewater treatment plant in Pueblo Canyon. The plant used to send its sludge to landfills, but now treats its sludge to be used in compost.

Compost in City Parks and Golf Courses Saves the Money on Fertilizer, Reduces Water Usage
Kingman, AZ (7/25/17) -- The Hilltop Wastewater Treatment Plant in Arizona produces a biosolids compost. In 2016, two treatment plants produced 2,214 dry tons of biosolids. Approximately 380 of those were spread amongst grass and plants within the 100 acres of city parks and 90 acres of Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course. There are about 4,300 dry tons of biosolids and compost stored at hilltop facility right now. The city saves on fertilizers, has improved turf quality at several city sites, and saved on landfill fees.

Les Liman: Twin Enviro Still Composting
Milner, CO (7/26/17) -- This Letter to the Editor addresses statements made in a previous article titled “Organics Recycling - It’s Not One Size Fits All” that claimed “Twin Enviro Services is suspending its commercial and residential composting”. Les Liman, owner of Twin Enviro Services explains the logistical and financial challenges of implementing a compost collection programs with residential and commercial customers. The organization still runs a composting facility using biosolids as their main ingredient.

EPA Selects San Francisco Biosolids Digester Facility to Apply for $625 Million Loan
San Francisco, CA (7/28/17) -- “The US Environmental Protection Agency has invited the San Francisco Public Utility Commission (SFPUC) to apply for a $625 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan.” San Francisco’s wastewater treatment system was one of 12 prospective projects selected to submit applications for loans.

Loans OK’d for Oregon, Lindsey
Oregon, OH (7/31/17) - The City of Oregon has been approved for financing from the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund to construct a new biosolids dewatering system that will allow material to be sent to a landfill rather than applying it to fields. This decision was made in order to reduce the amount of phosphorus entering the environment and potentially causing algal blooms in waterways.

Biofertilizer Operation ‘Gro-ing’ at Fairfield-Suisun Sewer Plant
Fairfield, CA (8/2/17) -- The Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District facility partnered with Lystek to help manage the biosolids leaving their plant. The sewer district is experiencing predicted growth and the project is expected to be a financial plus by next year.

Boise, Idaho, Anaerobic Digester to Process Multiple Streams to Increase Efficiency
Boise, ID (8/1/17) -- “Idaho-based developer Boise Biogas is working with two tech companies to install an anaerobic digestion (AD) system that will be fed by various feedstocks to produce pipeline gas for local distributors and fertilizer for local farmers.

Marysville to Spend More to Recycle Biosolids from Wastewater Treatment Plant
Marysville, MI(8/3/17) -- The Marysville City Council voted to award a five-year contract to Michigan AgriBusiness Solutions LLC, to transport and land apply its biosolids. This contract will follow the completion of a five year contract with Synagro that will not continue because Synagro is pulling its operations out of Michigan.

AUB Wastewater Rate Increase is a Small Price to Pay for Strong System
Athena, TN (8/2/17) -- Athens Utilities Board (AUB) will be starting to increase their rates in order to cover the cost of loan payments from upgrading the Oostanaula Wastewater Treatment Plant and expanding services to new areas. The operational investment has paid off in some regards with AUB WWTPs receiving Operational Excellence Awards and plant operators earning the Beneficial Use of Biosolids Award from the Kentucky-Tennessee Environment Association. AUB has also been recognized for its biosolids product AthenaGro.

News from Abroad

Human Waste Can Fuel Agriculture
Bengaluru,Karnataka, India (7/20/17) -- A faecal sludge treatment plant (FSTP), started in Devanahalli in 2015 handles waste from 20,000 residences, and treats waste so it is safe for agricultural uses. This small scale project is seen as a model for other similar project and is a prefered option as opposed to farmers using untreated sludge for agriculture. “The project, implemented by the local administration with the help of Bengaluru-based firm Consortium for DEWATSTM Dissemination (CDD), was among the sustainable processes discussed at the Future Earth South Asia Regional Workshop held at the Divecha Centre for Climate Change (DCCC), Indian Institute of Science”.

Disposal Situation of Sewage Sludge from Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs) and Assessment of the Ecological Risk of Heavy Metals for Its Land Use in Shanxi, China
Shanxi, China (7/21/17) -- Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) published this research piece in its ‘Environmental Engineering and Public Health’ section. “The preliminary results indicated that the potential risk of land exposure to heavy metals in sewage sludge was relatively low, with Zn and Cd as the main contributor to the ecological risk for the applying of sewage sludge on land.”

Consultancies Team Up to Investigate Threats of Recycling Biosolids to Ground
Europe (7/21/17) -- Environmental consultants, Aqua Enviro, have joined a consortium led by ADAS to develop a project looking at threats from recycling biosolids to land. The project is funded by research program UKWIR and includes a variety of educational organizations and public health agencies. This review will build on existing information available from international scientific literature and will identify and prioritise key focus areas for further investigation.

PHOTOS: Concrete Poured for Ladysmith’s New Biosolids Facility
Ladysmith, B.C., Canada (7/21/17) -- Ladysmith is constructing a biosolids facility that will produce a Class A topsoil. This article has a collection of photos from the initial construction

Sink or Source? Anaerobic Digestion May Reduce Microplastics in Sewage Sludge
European Commission’s DG Environment/ University of the West of England(7/28/17) -- Micoplastics that remain in treated sewage have been identified as a concern when land applying biosolids. This article points to research that suggests different processing techniques may vary in effectiveness for reducing the amount of microplastics in biosolids. “In the context of the upcoming EU Strategy on Plastics in a Circular Economy, due to be presented in late 2017, further studies on microplastics are being undertake; thus further studies of microplastics on land would be useful to monitor for changes in levels as a result of policy”.

Market Feasibility of Faecal Sludge and Municipal Solid Waste-Based Compost as Measured by Farmers’ Willingness-to-Pay for Product Attributes: Evidence from Kampala, Uganda
Kampala, Uganda (7/21/17) -- This willingness to pay (WTP) experiment was used to estimate farmers’ willingness-to-pay for faecal sludge and municipal solid waste-based (FSM) compost in Kampala, Uganda and considered three attributes—fortification, pelletization and certification. The full report can viewed for free or downloaded from the web page.

Biosolids Newsclips 6-30-17

News from Within the MABA Region

To release a report of PA’s Program for Beneficial Use of Biosolids (Sewage Sludge) by Land Application
Harrisburg, PA (6/23/17) -- The PA Legislative Budget & Finance Committee released a report of PA’s Program for Beneficial Use of Biosolids by Land Application. They recommend the idea of odor management plans to be added to the Biosolids quality enhancement plans.

DC Water Makes 'Bloom' To Capitalize On Sewage
Washington, DC (6/28/17) -- This report promotes the beneficial use of Bloom, DC Water’s biosolids fertilizer.

News from Beyond the MABA Region

No Room for Waste: Honolulu’s Sludge Plant Points Toward More Sustainable Urban Development
Honolulu, HI (6/23/17) -- Honolulu is moving towards the notion that sewage sludge can be a resource when processed with the right technology. Honolulu’s H-Power plant produces energy from sewage sludge processing.

LETTER: Monsanto and Biosolids (Sewage Sludge)
Texas (6/22/17) -- Anti-Biosolids activist Craig Monk writes a letter to the editor attempting to compare a Monsanto lawsuit with actions of the biosolids industry and EPA.

Borough Votes to Pump $1.6 Million Toward Fixing Port Mac Dock
Mat-Su Borough, AK (6/23/17) -- The Mat-Su borough board voted to ban the land application of biosolids within the borough at a recent meeting.

Tremonton City Reopens Compost Facility for Summer Season
Trementon, UT (6/28/2017) -- The Tremonton City Compost Facility has reopened after being closed for the winter due to snow and poor drainage in the area. The facility accepts lumber that is grounded up and mixed with biosolids from the Tremonton Wastewater Treatment Facility. The composting facility produces a Class A product.

Public Comment Sought on Maui Sludge Drying/Biogas Facility
Maui, HI (6/28/17) -- “The County of Maui has selected Maui All Natural Alternative or MANA as the operator of a proposed renewable energy and sludge drying project at the Wailuku – Kahului Wastewater Reclamation Facility. The biogas facility would utilize equipment to digest energy crops grown on former Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar company plantation lands, and sourced locally from Central Maui Feedstocks.” The facility would produce energy that would be used in biosolids production at the Kahului Wastewater Reclamation Facility.


News from Abroad

Concern Over Build-up of Hazardous Materials on Land Spread with Sewage Sludge
Ireland (6/19/17) -- Two research projects in Ireland have contributed to uncertainty around land application of biosolids. Anne Maire McMahon from the Marine and Freshwater Research Centre at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) led a study identifying Urban wastewater treatment plants as one of the largest point sources of microplastics. Also, Teagasc research has concluded that unlegislated metals, PPCPs and microplastics, found to be present in biosolids originating from a selection of Wastewater Treatment Plants, may be inadvertently applied to land.

Summerside Using Human Waste-Based Fertilizer on Green Spaces
Summerside, PE, Canada (6/20/2017) -- The city of Summerside is land applying biosolids in various areas and has developed a communications plan around the land applications. The city hopes to mitigate public concerns and conflict surrounding the application by warning the public before biosolids is applied, including direct communication with sports associations before it is used on sports fields. Summerside was mentioned the Newsclips last year.
Who Knew? Summerside’s Sewage is Actually a Useful Commodity

Lystek Wins Wastewater Technology & Company of the Year Awards for its Market Leading Solutions in Biosolids Management
Toronto, ON, Canada (6/28/17) -- The 6th Annual Water’s Next Award ceremonies were held at in Toronto earlier this month. “Lystek International was presented with two, national Water’s Next Awards – the first in the Project/Technology – Wastewater category and the second for overall Company of the Year.”

Human Sewage Sludge Plan for Dalquhandy Opencast Site
Scotland (6/29/17) -- Hargreaves, the company responsible for restoration of the Dalquhandy opencast mine site, formerly the biggest opencast mine in western Europe will be using biosolids to help restore vegetation. The company held a public meeting to inform and address public concerns. Even with the outreach some residents expressed their concerns through social media.

Biosolids Newsclips 7-21-17

News from Within the MABA Region

PA. Sludge Study Recommends More Stink Control
PA, State (7/11/17) -- The PA Legislative Budget and Finance Committee issued a 83 page report in June of 2017. The only recommendations made to the state of Pennsylvania within the report were in relation to increasing odor control efforts.

City Proposes Turning Sewage Sludge into Mulch
Geneva, NY (7/16/17) -- The state Department of Environmental Conservation has made a tentative determination to issue a permit for a proposal to make Geneva’s sewage sludge available as a compost-based mulch for landscapers, nurseries and developers.

Slate Belt Sludge Plant Hearing on Hold
Plainfield Township, PA (7/19/17) --  Synagro Technologies Inc. has requested a postponement of a special meeting set before the township Planning Commission. The first meeting June 12 drew questions regarding odor, noise levels and wastewater discharge and other technical questions that are typically not answered until the company goes through the state permitting process. The company hopes to continue responding to questions and concerns.

Biomass Production Study of Hybrid Poplar Grown on Deep Trenched Municipal Biosolids
University of Maryland (7/2/17) -- “Hybrid poplar trees 2-6 years old were grown on a gravel mine spoil in southern Maryland that had biosolids applied using deer row application. The trees were harvested and processed to determine their biomass on a dry weight basis. The data was analyzed and regression analysis was used to create equations that could predict biomass from tree diameter at breast height. The equations developed would allow less intensive data collection and growth assessment of other plantations.”

News from Beyond the Region

IT’S IN THE BUDGET: Powering Sewer System Not Cheap
Frankfort, KY (7/17/2017) -- Biosolids leaving the Frankfort Sewer Department are currently landfilled. A new contract will be coming up for approval by the Frankfort City Commission for H&A Resources to distribute biosolids on farmland.

It’s Time to Talk (Again) About Sewage Sludge on Farmland
In These Times, Magazine (7/11/17) -- This anti-biosolids article by Laura Orlando refers to an order and judgment issued by Federal Judge Anthony Alaimo relating to the McElmurrays, dairy farmers from Georgia. The order is said to “confirm that there have been decades of deceit by the EPA and finds against the USDA and the EPA” relating to sewage sludge”.

Pasadena’s Parsons Awarded Design Contract for Inland Empire Utilities Agency Water Recycling Project
Pasadena, CA (6/30/17) -- An upgrade and expansion to the Regional Water Recycling Plant 5 in Chino, CA,  will increase their liquid treatment to 30 mgd using membrane bioreactor and ultraviolet disinfection processes. It will also expand the biosolids management system to 40 mgd, including thickening, anaerobic digestion and dewatering, and potential food waste treatment.

Cleaning City Wastewater Basin Costs Extra Money
Stanwood, WA (7/4/17) -- American Process Group (APG) was contracted by Stanwood’s wastewater treatment plant to remove sludge from two basin ponds. APG removed 210 tons more biosolids than predicted, which increased the bill for removal. It is unclear what caused the large difference between the predicted amount of biosolids hauled and what was actually hauled. Public Works Director, Kevin Hushagen, believes it may have been from vegetation that had grown in the pond while it was being used. The public works department is considering using a different cleaning schedule in the future.

Treatment Sludge OK’d for Use on Field
Toledo, OH (7/7/17) -- Ohio Environmental Protection Agency notified plant operators at the City of Toledo’s wastewater treatment plant are allowed to apply their class B biosolids on a field in a nearby township.

Sludge Dewatering Machine Market Analysis by Size, Share, Key Drivers, Growth Opportunities and Global Trends 2022
360 Market Updates, International (7/23/17) -- “The 'Global and Chinese Sludge dewatering machine Industry, 2012-2022 Market Research Report' is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the global sludge dewatering machine industry with a focus on the Chinese market.”

Raleigh’s Sunflowers Draw Crowds, But City Asks Visitors to Stop Jumping Fence
Raleigh, NC (7/10/17) -- Fields covered in sunflowers along the Neuse River Greenway have been a destination for residents and visitors of Raleigh for years. The sunflower fields also serve as a site for biosolids application. When the sunflowers are harvested, the seeds are used to produce biodiesel.

Webinar Recording of Biosolids Training from 2-8-17
EPA (7/11/17) -- This webinar from February 2017 explains how to electronically report your biosolids annual report.

Walters: Scott Launches Award Program for Responsible Farming
Vermont, State (7/13/17) -- Vermont Governor Phil Scott unveiled a voluntary program aimed at encouraging environmental responsibility among Vermont farmers. The event spurred conversation about the beneficial use of biosolids because the farm where the unveiling took place uses biosolids. Both environmentalists and biosolids supporters use the Vermont House Bill H.211 to support the claim of the material being safe to use or dangerous.

Lystek Wins Contract for Biosolids Treatment in San Francisco
San Francisco, CA (7/18/17) -- Lystek was awarded a two-year contract for beneficial reuse of biosolids services by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). Lystek will process up to 3,500 tons of biosolids per year into a Class A EQ product at its Organic Material Recovery Center, located at the Fairfield Suisun Sewer District (FSSD) in Fairfield, California (Lystek OMRC-FSSD).

Grimsby Energy Applies to Feed Digester Household and Grocery Store Waste
Grimsby, ON, Canada (6/30/17) -- Grimsby Energy provides electricity for the town of Grimsby by producing biogas from locally grown and produced plant matter. The plant has applied for a change to their anaerobic digester project under the Environmental Protection Act to accommodate both source separated organics (SSO), which is compost and expired food from grocery stores, as well as biosolids. Although the application allows for biosolids digestion, the company has stated on multiple occasions it will not accept biosolids due to concerns over heavy metals and odor issues.
Editorial: Something Stinks with Biodigester
"Grimsby Council Mum on Biodigesters Finances

Wastewater Plant's Future Looking More Solid by the Day
Gladstone, Queensland, Australia (7/5/17) --Upgrades at the Gladstone Wastewater Treatment Plant are expected to boost the capacity of the plant to produce biosolids. In addition to adding treatment capacity the plant will also begin chemically stabilising its own biosolids on site, so the material can be shipped to commercial buyers directly from the plant.

Nothing Going to Waste: Summerside Using Human Waste as Fertilizer for Green Spaces
Summerside, PEI, Canada (7/5/17) -- The City of Summerside has started using biosolids on parks and sports fields within the city. The city parks and greenspace manager cited various benefits to using biosolids and mentioned they will test the soil next spring to evaluate whether the will continue using the product.

Sechelt Briefs
Sechelt, BC, Canada (6/30/17) -- The District of Sechelt has signed an extended biosolids composting agreement with Salish Soils. Sechelt’s Water Resource Centre produces a biosolids and pays to transport those solids to Salish Soils, where it is composted.

Local RMs to Take Part in Biosolids Program
Winnipeg, MB, Canada (7/14/17) -- The City of Winnipeg is planning a pilot project to land apply 5,000 metric tons of biosolids on farmland. If the project is successful the city plans to increase the amount of land applied biosolids up to 20,000 metric tons. This initiative is motivated by Winnipeg’s biosolids master plan completed by the City in 2014.

Calgary P3 Biosolids Project Reaches Substantial Completion
Calgary, AB, Canada (7/13/17) -- Calgary’s new source separated organics (SSO) and Class A biosolids in-vessel composting facility is near completion. The project is a P3 project between Maple Reinders PPP Limited is a partner with the City of Calgary. The facility will process 40,000 wet metric tons of biosolids and will be the first commercial building in Alberta to be registered under the LEED Gold v4 stander. It is the largest facility of its kind in North America.

Orangeville Sewage Treatment Plant Requires $1M Repair After Biosolids Spill
Orangeville, ON, Canada (7/13/17) -- In April of 2015 sludge was found oozing from the top of one of the anaerobic digesters at the Water Pollution Control Plant in Orangeville. After making multiple attempts to seal all the leaks, the city has decided to replace the roof of the digester at the cost of $1 Million.

Biosolids in the News 6-15-17

News from the MABA Region

Two More Towns Oppose Slate Belt Sludge Drying Program
Plainfield Township, PA (6/8/17) -- The Plainfield Township Planning Commission is expected to hear Synagro Technologies Inc.'s application for a $26 million plant at a meeting to be held this week. “Jammed House Greets Slate Belt Sludge Plant Planners” details the events of the meeting

Watertown sludge project proceeding
Watertown, NY (6/7/17) -- The city of Watertown is looking for a company to haul their class B biosolids from the wastewater treatment plant to area farmland. The city will landfill the material until they are able to find a cost effective way to land apply the material.

News from Beyond the MABA Region

Regional Biosolids Drying with Power Oxidation
Napa, CA (5/31/17) -- Andritz, RealEnergy and Dresser Rand, a Siemens Company has developed a Power Oxidation process that utilizes a uniquely designed power island and cogeneration system to produce a Class A biosolids. This article links to their white paper titled “Regional Biosolids Drying with Negative Carbon Oxidation

Harvesting Agricultural Fertilizers from Wastewater Sludge
Kenosha, WI (6/1/17) -- You heard about Nutrient Recovery and Upcycling’s product Brushite product in the article “CNP Acquires Pre-Digestion Phosphorus Recover Technology” from our March newsclips. In May 2017, Nutrient Recovery and Upcycling LLC started up an optimized version of its pilot plant in a new partnership with CNP/Centirsys. “NRU is also set to pilot a membrane-based, nitrogen-recovery process that works by using electric fields to separate ammonium compounds.”

Perennial Wheat on Agenda for Lind Field Day
Lind, WA (6/8/17) -- The annual field day June 15 at Washington State University’s dryland research station will host a variety of presentations. Bill Schillinger, the station director will provide an update on his project studying the use of biosolids as fertilizer. The station applies 2.8 dry tons once every four years to produce two winter wheat crops and is comparing biosolids with other fertilizers.

Biosolid Removal Begins in Brandon
Brandon, SD (6/12/17) -- Biosolids are being removed from Brandon’s storage lagoons and are being land applied or pressed and dewater in order to be delivered to fields at a later date. The facility is getting more requests from farmers to land apply than they can fulfill currently.  

Emergency Meeting Held in SLC Over Biosolids
St. Lucie, FL (6/12/17) --  Leaders in St. Lucie County are holding an emergency meeting to get public input on Sunbreak Farm’s proposal to use biosolids fertilizer. Commissioners are most concerned about drainage and runoff on the site and how it might impact the Indian River Lagoon.

MagneGas Awarded a $432,000 USDA Grant
Tampa, FL (6/14/17) -- “MagneGas Corp., Tampa, has announced it has been awarded a $431,874 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The grant will be used to accelerate the commercialization of MagneGas' plasma arc Venturi sterilization system for the treatment of pathogens and nutrients found in animal biosolid wastes.”

Got Compost?
Carpinteria, CA (6/14/17) -- Carpinteria Sanitary District is producing a biosolids that they send to Engel & Gray composting facility in Santa Maria to further incorporate into compost. The final product, Harvest Blend Compost, is marketed throughout central California for use by gardeners, farmers and landscapers.


News from Abroad

Mayor Balks at Biosolids Bill
Barrie, ON, Canada (6/1/17) -- The town of Barrie is looking to replace the storage tank mixers at their biosolids plant in Oro-Medonte Township, but officials are questioning a dramatic increase in the projects costs. The price tag to replace the mixers nearly doubled to address costs for electrical updates, additional interconnecting piping and an estimate for a low pump system.

Sludge & Sewage Treatment Tender Opportunity
Yorkshire, England (6/9/17) -- Yorkshire will be holding four OJEU tender opportunities for two upcoming projects in the region. A new regional sludge treatment facility with a treatment capacity of 16,500tds/annum is proposed in Huddersfield and a new flow to full treatment wastewater inlet works, with a peak flow capacity of 2,000l/s is proposed in Hull. Yorkshire Water is holding two call-for-competition supplier engagement days where a maximum of 2 colleagues from your company will receive an explanation of the opportunities as well as a walk around the proposed location of the new works. Details for how to request to attend these events are included in the article.

Biosolids in the News 5-18-17

News from the MABA Region

Ag. and Markets Orders Wheatfield to Allow Use of Biosolids on Town Land
Wheatfield, NY (5/23/17) -- Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets of the State of New York, Richard A. Ball, has required Wheatfield to allow the land application of Equate to Milleville Brothers Farms. Ball stated “Although given the opportunity to do so, the Town of Wheatfield did not provide the Department with any correspondence, documentation or other information showing any public health or safety threat relating to the land application of biosolids by the farm operation. The town submitted articles referencing studies evaluating impacts under dissimilar circumstances (e.g., impacts to animals grazing on land where biosolids were surface-applied)."

State Board Approves Spreading biosolids on Nelson sites
Nelson, VA (5/25/17) -- The VA State Water Control Board has approved a permit modification for Synagro to land apply biosolids across more than 100 fields in Nelson County.

AWA Considering Biosolids Options
Altoona, PA (5/21/17) -- Altoona Water Authority currently uses a centrifuge to dewater sludge to create a class B biosolids. Due to a reduction in farmland available for spreading and increasing regulations making application logistics more difficult, the authority is considering investing in a dryer to produces a class A product.

City Considers Adding Sludge Drier to Wastewater Plant
Lockport, NY (5/19/17) -- The Lockport Common Council voted recently to hire Nussbaumer & Clarke, Inc. to conduct a cost-to-benefit analysis on installing a sludge dryer at their wastewater facility for a fee of $26,500. The city’s current composting facility is reaching the end of its life and the sludge dryer would be its replacement for producing biosolids.

News from Beyond the MABA Region

GLWA Confident in Technology at Biosolids Facility
Detroit, MI (5/19/17) --  Sue McCormick, CEO of the Great Lakes Water Authority
wrote this article in response to a previous article shared in our News Clippings titled “New Waste Plant Piles on Pollution in SW Detroit”. Sue affirms the GLWA’s commitment to ensuring NEFCO comes into compliance with all regulations. The authority recently entered into an Administrative Consent Order with the Michigan Department of Environmental quality “which contains a prescribed schedule for the facility to attain compliance with MDEQ air quality regulations by the end of 2017.”
Detroit Biosolids Reuse Plant Blamed for Air Pollution

Treated Waste Fertilizes Crops, but Can Fuel Algae Blooms
Florida (5/20/17) -- Activists in Florida are critical of the lack of regulation around land applying Class AA biosolids. This piece walks through the various stakeholders involved in biosolids regulation in the state.

Sunbreak Farm Would Spread Biosolids Near C-25 Canal, Taylor Creek
TCPalm, Florida (5/24/17) -- TCPalm continues coverage on the use of biosolids in Florida. Sunbreak Farms is looking to land apply 80,000 tons of compost containing biosolids on its land that stretches across two counties. Both counties are considering contesting the permit and have requested the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to extend the public comment period.

News from Abroad

Farm-Bound Sludge Teems with Tiny Plastic Fibres
Brunel University, London, England (5/22/17) -- “The team behind BBC’s Countryfile, one of the nation’s most popular TV programmes, turned to Brunel ecotoxicologist Dr Chris Green to investigate whether microplastics – microfibres and other small plastic pieces – are present in biosolids: sludge from wastewater treatment that’s been pasteurised so it can be spread onto farmland as a fertiliser and soil improver.” The Countryfile episode which aired recently confirmed that microplastics are making it to farmland.

From Toilet to Field: Barrie Poop Becomes Agricultural Fertilizer
Barrie, ON, Canada (5/39/17) -- Wessuc Inc. waste management service transports and land applies biosolids from the City of Barrie’s Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Use of Biosolids in Enhanced Fired Clay Bricks
RMIT University, Australia (5/18/17) -- “This thesis presents and discusses the possible reuse of biosolids in fired clay bricks and the effect of incorporating biosolids on the compressive strength, density, and other physical and mechanical properties of bricks. In this study, biosolids from the stockpiles of the Eastern Treatment Plant (ETP) and Western Treatment Plant (WTP) in Melbourne were used to assess their suitability as a partial replacement material for clay in the formulation of fired clay bricks.”

Turning Sewage Sludge into Fuels and Hydrogen
Oberhausen, Germany (5/17/17) -- “Twelve SME, industrial, and scientific partners, coordinated by Fraunhofer UMSICHT, are participating in a new ambitious research project named TO-SYN-FUEL which will build up, operate and demonstrate the production of Synthetic Fuels and Green Hydrogen from waste biomass.” In the project, sewage sludge will be used to produce green diesel. There will be a four year period where the team will build-up, operate and demonstrate the technology. By the end of the project they hope to have a business case for green fuels in order to support future targets of the European Commission’s Renewable Energy Directive.
To-Syn-Fuel Turns Sewage Sludge into Fuels and Hydrogen

Biosolids in the News 5-18-17

News from Within the MABA Region

Emergy Analysis for the Sustainable Utilization of Biosolids Generated in a Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant
EPA (5/6/17) -- This emergy analysis provides a sustainability assessment of comparing the use of biosolids as a soil fertilizer and the recovery of energy from the biosolid gasification process. This work is meant to help decision-makers identify opportunities for improvement in the current process of biosolid management.


Slate Belt Sludge Forum Doesn't Include Processing Company
Slate Belt, PA (5/6/17) -- Elected leaders in Slate Belt held a panel discussion last week about sewage sludge application on farms. The event featured experts in a variety of fields to speak about the potential dangers of sewage sludge and alternative uses for the material. Phil Durgin, the executive director of the Pennsylvania House Legislative, Budget and Finance Committee was in attendance, while Synagro was not invited.


News from Beyond the MABA Region

Planning Commission Votes Down Measure Prohibiting Application of Biosolids
Mat-Su, AK (5/3/17) -- Resolution 17-15, prohibiting the land application of biosolids within the borough was voted down 6 - 1. This decision was made at the recent Mat-Su Planning Commission meeting after being tabled at last month’s meeting.


'Upcycling' Sewage: Silicon Valley Company Converts Human Waste to Fertilizer Without Using Energy
Redwood City, CA (5/5/17) -- More publicity for Bioforcetech, a Silicon Valley based company using technology to produce biochar. Here is an article about the company from a previous News Clips.
Getting Rid of Waste the Clean Way: Redwood City Company Finds a Way to Turn Biosolids Into Fertilizer with No Energy


Waste-to-Energy Plant Still a Possibility in Willmar
Willmar, MN (5/8/17) -- A company representative for Energy & Organic Systems spoke with Willmar Council Members about purchasing or leasing land near the Willmar Wastewater Treatment Plant. The company is interested in building a facility to take biosolids and other organic material and convert the waste into compressed natural gas and organic fertilizer.

County Tries More Maneuvers to Stop Sludge Dumping
Victoria County, TX (5/17/17) -- This news follows a previous News Clips piece “Sewer Sludge Permit Renewal Contested Hearing Date Set”. This local issue is causing confusion on appropriate ways to manage grease and grit trap waste.

Lystek at the Center of MoU between Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
San Francisco, CA (5/9/17) -- “The Fairfield Suisun Sewer District (FSSD) and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) have executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to undertake a two-year, pilot project for treatment of the City's biosolids.”


New Waste Plant Piles on Pollution in SW Detroit
Detroit, MI (5/18/17) -- A biosolids dryer facility near South Detroit has exceeded the one-hour emission standard for sulfur dioxide more than 2,500 times from April 5, 2016, through Feb. 28 2017. Residents and community organizations are up in arms about the pollution, while wastewater officials and MDEQ consider this a natural part of getting this large facility up and running and are working to address the issue.
Waste Plant Polluting Southwest Detroit Neighborhoods


Two Meath Sites in Shortlist for Regional Biosolids Facility
Meath, Ireland (5/11/17) -- Irish water is looking into additional storage facilities for their biosolids. Growing population and an increasing number of wastewater treatment facilities are pushing the storage limit of the greater Dublin area.

The Business Turning Sewage Sludge into Fuel
Paris, France (5/11/17) -- Cryo Pur, a French company has been looking to turn biogas into liquefied natural gas (LNG), or bio-LNG. This piece gives some explanation of their three step process taking biogas from anaerobically digested organic waste and producing a liquid fuel.

Liquid and Solid Waste to be Processed into Organic Fertilizer in Tema
Tema, Ghana (5/13/17) -- “Jekora Ventures Limited (JVL) has opened a fortifier production composite plant at Borteyman in the Tema Metropolis to process liquid and solid waste into organic fertilizer.”

Fraser-Nicola Election Issues: Biosolids
Nicola Valley, BC, Canada (5/4/17) -- The 4 candidates running to become Nicola Valleys MLA have given their stance on the use of biosolids. Green Party Candidate Arthur Green does not support land application and promotes pyrolysis or gasification, DP candidate Harry Lali and Social Credit candidate Michael Henshall were also against the spreading of biosolids. Liberal MLA Jackie Tegart was part of the group that invited the Minister of Environment and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs to work with the five Chiefs of the Nicola Valley, who had imposed a moratorium on biosolids entering the valley.

Biosolids in the News 5-4-17

News from Within the MABA Region

Slate Belt Sludge Conversion Plant Hearing Put on Hold Again
Plainfield, PA (4/28/17) -- An early-round municipal meeting scheduled for mid-May on Synagro’s proposed Slate Belt plant has again been postponed. “Synagro said recently that it agreed to push back its request to locate the facility, a move that must first clear the Plainfield planning commission.”


Kingston Ready To Transfer $70,000 for Continued Disposal of Sewage Sludge
Kingston, NY (5/2/17) -- Kingston is preparing to pay another $70,000 to continue shipping sludge to the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency. Kingston has equipment to process their sludge into pelleted fertilizer, but the equipment the city leased from Aslan Environmental Services broke down. There is currently a lawsuit between the city and Aslan.


News from Beyond the MABA Region

Planning Commission Tables Steamy Issue on Biosolids
Palmer, AK (4/19/17) -- The Matanuska Susitna board has put the decision of whether to allow the land application of biosolids within its jurisdiction on hold. The planning commission tabled a resolution to ban land application at a recent meeting.


Palo Alto: Construction Starts Next Month on Sludge Dewatering Facility
Palo Alto, CA (4/25/17) -- Construction on a dewatering facility is expected to start in the next month. The facility will be part of a project to retire two sludge incinerators. Sewage will be dried and transported to other facilities “to be harnessed for energy to create compost”.


Human Waste Dumped Near Florida Springs | Video
Palm, FL (4/26/17) -- This is the second article in an investigative piece on the land application of biosolids in Florida. The first piece can be found here. This second piece explores where land application has been approved for different classes of biosolids. It  sheds light on the complicated politics around the topic.

Environmentalist Slams Proposed “Sludge Farm” Along Little Manatee River
Tampa, FL (5/2/17) -- Environmental activist Mariella Smith is fighting an application by Chris’s Plumbing Services for a special use permit to spread 600 tons of biosolids and sludge on agricultural land near the Little Manatee River wetlands system.


Crowd Complains of Waste Fertilizer at Hearing
Roseburg, OR (4/20/17) -- Heard Farms receives grease and other waste that is stored in a double-pond lagoon on their facility where it settles and breaks down. They have been applying the material as fertilizer to their land but oversaturation has caused runoff into waterways. The facility is now requesting to land apply the fertilizer to four additional farm fields in Douglas County and to store waste in two large military fuel bladders. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality held a meeting to consider the project and heard concerns from the community. The agency was accepting comments until April 24th.


News from Abroad

Israeli Firm Helping Brazil Turn Sewage Sludge Into Farm Fertilizer
Brazil (4/21/17) -- “Sixty percent of the 6.8 million liters of daily sewage sludge generated in Brazil gets dumped back into nature untreated.” A group of Brazilian companies established a new company, Lodologic, in partnership with Paulee CleanTec in Israel. Paulee CleanTec has a process to oxidize organic residue, turning it into a fertilizer. They hope to bring that technology to facilities throughout Brazil.


Biowaste a Growing Concern in Jasper
Jasper, AB, Canada (4/26/17) -- The Town of Jasper is searching for a place to land apply or dispose of its biosolids. Their original plan was for Parks Canada to apply the Class B material on land, but a test of the compost showed the presence of “viable non-native weed seeds.”

Pilot Demonstration Activity: Fecal Sludge Business Plan
Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines (4/27/17) -- The Asian Development Bank is conducting a pilot study to potentially market sludge as a soil conditioner. The university’s participation focuses on the “characterization of sludge from 2 municipal sources, ecotoxicological assessment of sludge and treated wastewater, characterization of biosolids and assessment of the effectiveness of various types of biosolids.” The project head, Dr. Aileen Guzman and his team of graduate students have presented at conferences sharing their findings and have held workshops.


Project Aims To Turn Wastewater Treatment Facilities Into Revenue Generators
Guelph, ON, Canada (5/1/17) -- GE Water and Process Technologies has partnered with universities and received funding from the federal and provincial governments and the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) to explore a new anaerobic digestion process. The new technology separates the hydrolysis and acidogenesis processes from the acetogenesis and methanogenesis processes. Testing of the new tech is happening at the SOWC wastewater pilot facility.

Biosolids in the News 4-17-17

News within the MABA Regions

Residents Raise a Stink Over Sludge Plant Proposal

Plainfield, PA (4/1/17) -- More than 100 people attended a community meeting about Synagro’s proposed biosolids processing plant.

Revised Plan Makes Sludge Plant a Permitted Use, Developer Says
Slate Belt Residents Grill Sludge Treatment Plant Developers

News from Beyond the MABA Region

Executive Constantine Kick Off Earth Week by Honoring 13 Environmental Leaders with Green Globe Awards

King County, WA (4/17/17) -- In celebration of Earth Week, King County Executive Dow Constantine honored 13 businesses, cities, organizations and groups for the work they do to protect and improve the local environment. Northwest Biosolids was awarded ‘Leader in supporting waste to resources’.

Beneficial Biosolids: Farmers, Regulators Like Biosolids for Cost, Soil Advantages

Lenawee County, MI (4/16/17) -- Residents are complaining about the odor and linking negative health impacts to biosolids farmers are using on agricultural land. The is article is split into three parts: How are biosolids made to be safe, a watchdog’s take on it, and a farmer’s perspective.

City Moves Forward on Biosolid Digester

Chiefland, FL (3/30/17) -- The Chiefland City Commissioners approved an agreement with the Suwannee River Management District to move forward with updating and reconstructing the city’s existing biosolids digester treatment plant. 

We’re Denton Dammit

Denton, TX (4/13/17) -- A Denton resident skipped yard-work recently due to the odor spread from Dyno Dirt on a nearby lot. But others swear by it.


News from Abroad

City Signs Deal For Biosolids Treatment

Hamilton, ON, Canada (3/29/17) -- The City of Hamilton is moving ahead with a plan for a new biosolids treatment facility in agreement with a consortium that will build and manage the project for 30 years. Harbour City Solutions will design, oversee construction and manage the facility. The facility will produce a pelletized product from sludge coming from the Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant. The president of Terratec Environment, the company currently responsible for the city’s land application, claims the $106 million project will involve needless spending.



Pioneering Treatment Method Turns Sewage Sludge Farm-Safe Fertilizer

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates (29/3/17) -- Researchers from Masdar Institute have developed an energy-efficient, low-cost, method for removing heavy metals from biosolids. The process has demonstrated the ability to remove over 90% of zinc and over 60% of copper from sewage sludge. The three-step process, developed by Dr. Shadi Wajih Hasan, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Masdar Institute, combines chemical conditioning, electrokinetic remediation and a post-treatment washing. View the paper describing the process that was published in Nature’s Scientific Reports:

Talking About Sewage

Winnipeg, MB, Canada (4/4/17) -- The City of Winnipeg has approved its plan to spread biosolids on farmland and is looking for input on best practices for land application. “The city hopes the public engagement process will help pinpoint where and when biosolids should be spread in rural Manitoba, as well as where the matter should be stored before


NUI Galway Study Raises Questions About Application of Wastewater Sludge to Land

NUI Galway, Ireland (4/5/17) -- Dr. Mark Healy, Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the College of Engineering and Informatics at NUI Galway has led a project raising questions about the safety of land applying biosolids. The results of this study have been published by the Environmental Protection Agency Research Report 200 entitled, ‘Health and Water Quality Impacts Arising from Land Spreading of Biosolids’.

City of Greater Sudbury Pleased with Biosolids Partnership 2 Years In

Greater Sudbury, ON, Canada (4/10/17) -- The city of Greater Sudbury entered into a public-private partnership with Walker Environmental to build and operate a biosolids plant 2 years ago. The city is happy with the results of the P3. The biosolids are sold to local mining companies for the re-greening of tailings. Walker Environmental hopes to market the biosolids to northern Ontario farms in the future.

Bustline Kelowna Churning Out Too Much Biosolids-Based Fertilizer
Kelowna, BC, Canada (4/12/17) -- In Feb of 2016, the Kelowna Metro area was found to be the fastest-growing metro area in Canada. The City of Kelowna produces a compost made of biosolids and wood waste called OgoGrow. The city sells the composts, but this year they are producing more than they are able to sell. The city of Kelowna and Vernon are working together to launch a survey on possible waste management options for their growing population.