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The severe global consequences of food waste for climate, water and land use, and biodiversity were recently highlighted and analyzed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO report finds that 3.3 billion tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, a by-product of global food waste, are released into the atmosphere every year. To put this into perspective, this is more than the entire global shipping industry and results in an estimated $750 billion annual economic burden (excluding fish and seafood).

Increased production and release of greenhouse gases has been amplified from human activity and, as a result, rapidly increases the natural greenhouse effect. Since the industrial era, the over-production of greenhouse gases, primarily CO2, has contributed to increased global temperatures and severe environmental detriment.

Evaluating our current practices for agriculture, food production, and…

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November 4, 2015– Cambridge ON – For Immediate Release | In addition to the national environment award the City of North Battleford (City), Saskatchewan received from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) in June of this year, for the implementation of its Lystek biosolids and organics processing technology, the City can also now claim that it is the first community in Western Canada to receive a federal registration from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for the LysteGro biofertilizer being produced at its Wastewater Resource Recovery Centre (WRRC).

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October 8, 2015 – Cambridge ON – Lystek’s award-winning, biosolids and organics processing technology has received another registration from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for its LysteGro product, a true, organically-based, quality controlled biofertilizer. This registration is specific to the product being produced at the Water Resource Recovery Facility in the Town of St. Marys, Ontario.

“Lystek technology is now featured in six facilities across Canada and a seventh project is now underway in Fairfield, California. Combined, these facilities are capable of receiving and converting over 350,000 thousand tonnes of biosolids and other organics into federally recognized biofertilizer products annually. Our proven, diversion solutions are capable of providing reliable, year-round services for a range of communities. Some examples of those that have taken advantage of the solution are Guelph, Ottawa, Peterborough, Toronto, Owen Sound,…

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The use of biosolids has long been criticized, misrepresented and misunderstood. The fact is that there is over 40 years of factual, scientific history behind the use of biosolids. For example, the issue was studied by a panel from the National Research Council (NRC) and, in its final report, entitled Biosolids Applied to Land: Advancing Standards and Practices, released in July, 2002, the overriding message was that. “There is no documented scientific evidence that the Part 503 rule has failed to protect public health. “ In fairness, however, the report did also state that “additional scientific work is needed to reduce persistent uncertainty about the potential for adverse human health effects from exposure to biosolids.”

In the years since the 2002 National Academy study, research scientists and U. S. EPA have continued to evaluate the…

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Waste not, want not!

Biosolids company with Waterloo link pushes re-use over bury

Since his retirement in 2013 from the Biology Department at the University of Waterloo, Owen Ward, professor emeritus in the Faculty of Science, has lost none of his passion for turning things people don’t want into things they do.

He has his own laboratory in Waterloo and throws the same urgent energy into , the company he started in 2000 to make better use of sewage sludge.

Soil fortifier

The term biosolids refers to the gelatinous residue from treating waste water.

Farmers spread some of it on fields, but most of the material ends up de-watered, compacted and buried in landfill sites.

“We look at the big picture,” Ward says of Lystek’s alternative re-use model. “We’re drawing…

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By Kevin Litwiller, Lystek International
The RoadRunner – Fall 2015

The City of North Battleford has a population of almost 14,000 and is located roughly 130 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon, SK. The city’s wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) was commissioned in 2003-2004 and treats 5,700 to 6,400 cubic metres of wastewater daily. The plant consists of a headworks (a fine screen and grit removal unit), two trains of bioreactors configured for biological nutrient removal, two secondary clarifiers and a biosolids management facility. In accordance with the Permit to Operate issued by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment (MOE), the treated effluent is discharged into the North Saskatchewan River and biosolids from the biosolids management facility were formerly disposed of at the city’s waste management facility (WMF). The biosolids management building houses a rotary drum screen, to thicken…

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On Saturday, September 26th as part of WEFTEC 2015, I am honoured to have been invited to join with a team of highly respected, seasoned biosolids management communications leaders to share our experiences and help facilitate an informative and exciting workshop. The workshop – You Can’t Hide a Biosolids Program! (But You Can Communicate It…) – will provide you with a distillation of over 20 years of experience and effective tools to gain or improve public support for your biosolids programs. This workshop closes the gap that can exist in biosolids programs between technical excellence and communications excellence. If you attend, you will gain an understanding of the critical importance of proactive communications regarding biosolids management programs, while learning from the recent experiences other program leaders have faced. This will build your confidence in…

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As populations in Canada and around the world continue to grow, more and more pressures are being put on communities (i.e. municipalities and other generators) of biosolid and residual “waste” to develop long-term, sustainable solutions for the management of these materials. These pressures range from concerns about pathogens, heavy metals, odours and Green House Gas emissions to the day-to-day operational logistics and costs of management.

At the same time, it is also well known and agreed that the global supply of phosphates, one of the key ingredients required to produce chemical fertilizers, are being rapidly depleted. This poses a very real threat to the long-term security of our global food supply. Within the industry itself, there has long been an understanding that biosolids and residuals can be successfully recycled as a way to meet…

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