New York, NY (6/8/19) - We came across this innovative pen design in this article in the last Biosolids NewsClips. The pen barrel is designed to be made of PHA, a soil compostable bioplastic that can be produced by feeding biosolids directly to bacteria.
(6/3/19) - “A recent investigation by the Food and Drug Administration found toxic per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in food, including meat, seafood and dairy products; sweet potatoes; pineapples; leafy greens, and chocolate cake with icing.” PFAS can migrate into food through packaging used as well as water that irrigates crops or soil where crops are grown.
Chemicals that Tainted Bucks, Montco Drinking Water Found in Lettuce, Beef, Even Chocolate Cake
Edison, NJ (11/14/18) – More than 50 wastewater and biosolids practitioners from the Mid-Atlantic will convene in Edison, NJ for MABA’s Annual Meeting and Symposium. It will be an intentional discussion of regional solutions to biosolids challenges for growing new facilities. We welcome a diverse range of speakers presenting on, public outreach challenges, successful treatment approaches and regulatory issues with a panel discussion featuring state regulators.
We share with you, MABA’s Executive Director, Bill Toffey’s, opening presentation “Framing the Regional Issues: Bringing Global Perspectives to Local Challenges”.
An update will be sent out when all of the presentations from this year’s Annual Meeting and Symposium become available on the MABA Members site.
Water Environment Federation (10/5/18) - The Water Environment Federation’s project, ReNEW, analyzes resource recovery by U.S. water utilities Water Project by using data “from national and state databases, publications, and a utility survey, which represents about 25 percent of municipal wastewater flow and about 20 percent of biosolids produced in the U.S…. The first step was establishing the baseline for current resource recovery practices. Later this fall, WEF will announce goals for water utilities to increase resource recovery from baseline levels. New data will be collected on a biannual basis and expanded to Canadian water facilities.”
Colorado (9/22/18) - This article highlights the use of biosolids on farmland in Colorado. It cites a study by the USGS with the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District as well as some reporting from the Colorado Sun “Where Does Our Poop End Up? Probably Spread On Farmland in Eastern Colorado”.
Whanganui, New Zealand (9/7/18) - Whanganui company Tasman Tanning plans to commission a plant to remove chrome from its wastewater going to the Whanganui wastewater treatment plant. The plant had received no pressure from the Whanganui District Council and has instead taken this initiative with a vision for being more environmentally friendly. This action also improves the quality of the dried sludge produced at the treatment plant and opens the possibility of the plant producing a biosolids fertilizer rather than landfilling the material.
Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia (8/13/18) - Bundaberg Regional Council is running a trial program for farmers offering them free biosolids. One farmer producing macadamia nuts used the biosolids to rebuild soils previously depleted from a monoculture of sugarcane. The trees treated with biosolids have grown faster than other trees and the soils where biosolids were applied are more open and capable of higher water retention.
MABA, along with wastewater utilities, companies and organizations around the world have signed a proposal from the Biosolids Alliance to request that Global GAP change its restriction of beneficial biosolids use on farmland. Global GAP is an internationally recognized set of farm standards identified as Good Agricultural Practicies (GAP). Through these sets of standards producers can receive certification by demonstrating adherence to the good agricultural practices. The standards currently have a complete ban on biosolids use, but the document, brought forth by proponents of biosolids beneficial use, provides a set of guidelines under which GAP could accept and use to support the sustainable use of biosolids as part of support of a global circular economy.
View the Proposal to Global GAP-Biosolids Standards.
Laurel, MD (5/18/18) - Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Commissioners approved the first phase of a $250 million project to build and design the Piscataway Bio-Energy Project at the Piscataway Water Resource Recovery Facility. The first phase is to allow WSSC to begin design and early construction of the facility. “The new facility will reduce the amount of biosolids left over from the treatment process and the remaining solids will be a Class A material.
Roanoke, VA (12/31/17) - Western Virginia Water Authority and Virginia Tech have collaborated on research into the use of biosolids as a building material for flower pots. “According to a Virginia Tech master’s degree thesis in environmental engineering, published in February by candidate Peyton Stone, a variety of mixes of biosolids, polymer, natural glue, fiber and starch were tried in order to find the optimum blend for containers.”
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, [Lystek] 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.
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.
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Sydney, Australia (9/9/17) -- 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
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
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.
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.”
Washington, D.C. (8/23/17) -- DC Water’s Bloom product is the focus of this article.
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