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Land Application of Biosolids

As the raw materials required to create chemical fertilizers are being depleted, our food supply demands that biosolids be recycled as biofertilizer to meet the needs of sustainable agriculture. This practice is supported by leading scientific organizations and their governments in the UK, the European Union and North America.

With decades of practice and exhaustive analysis, all have attested that the properly processed landing application of biosolids has had no negative affect on human health. And at a time when the increasing cost of chemical fertilizers is eroding margins required for the ongoing and successful production of crops, advanced biofertilizer products are able to replace at least some of the nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) potassium (K) and organic matter our soils require to remain healthy without incurring further fertilizer input costs.

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  1. Improved Agricultural Output: Growing global food demands have put a huge strain on today’s ecosystems- driving unsustainable farming practices across various continents. Biosolids have been used to fertilize a variety of crops including feed corn, wheat, soybeans, hay and pasture. Agricultural use of biosolids, that meet strict quality criteria and application rates, has been shown to produce significant improvements in crop growth and yield. Nutrients found in biosolids, such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and trace elements such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, sulfur and zinc, are necessary for crop production and growth.
  2. Soil Improvement: The use of biosolids helps replenish organic matter which has been depleted over time. This same organic matter also helps promote aeration, improve the structure of soil and its ability to store moisture.
  3. Waste diversion from landfills: Over 10 million dry…
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June 5, 2015 – Cambridge ON – For Immediate Release | On June 3, 2015, the City of North Battleford was presented with a 2015 CAMA Environment Award during the association’s national conference in Jasper. The award recognizes the successful implementation of a Lystek biosolids management system at the City to replace its historical practice of landfilling.

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In 2007, only 2.6 percent of the nearly 29.2 million metric tons of organic “waste” generated in North America was recovered, due to inefficient collection processes. Through heightened awareness and improved practices, progress has certainly been made since then. However, as populations continue to expand, so too does the sheer volume of residual material we have to deal with. Unfortunately, our current model is still predominantly based on a linear approach of production to consumption to disposal.

This continues to contribute and stress our existence, both environmentally and economically. Many of us have taken steps to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle in our own homes and communities including proper recycling and through other methods of waste diversion but what about on a larger scale?? Can we implement the three R’s more effectively to reduce our impact…

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May 22, 2015 – Centre Wellington officially opens $24 million wastewater treatment plant. ELORA – Centre Wellington council took time this week to celebrate completion of the construction phase of the Elora facilty. In 2012, the Township of Centre Wellington began the construction phase to upgrade and expand the Elora Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and the Clyde Street Sewage Pumping Station (SPS). The township, Triton Engineering Services Limited and Wellington Construction Contractors Inc. announced on Tuesday that this phase of the project is now complete.

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May 21, 2015 – Approval Given for Execution of a 20-Year Lease Agreement between Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District (FSSD) and Lystek Inc. The Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District (FSSD) Board of Directors has given its approval for staff to move forward with a resolution to execute a 20-year lease agreement (with an additional 10-year optional renewal) between the FSSD and Lystek Inc., a division of Tomlinson, for the development of an Organic Materials Recovery Center (OMRC) at its facility in Fairfield, California.

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May 19, 2015 – Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District Board Approves Agreement to Proceed with Development of a Lystek Organic Materials Recovery Center (OMRC) – (Fairfield, California, U.S.A.) – Yesterday, staff of the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District (FSSD) recommended, and the Board of Directors accepted, the approval of a Resolution to execute a 20-year lease agreement (with an additional 10-year optional renewal) between the FSSD and Lystek International Inc. (Lystek) for the development of an Organic Materials Recovery Center at its Chadbourne Road facility in Fairfield California. The major terms and conditions of the Agreement are effectively complete and both parties look forward to proceeding with project implementation.

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May 8, 2015 – as published in the April edition of GREEN MARKETS – a Bloomberg publication.

Lystek offers fertilizer option for wastewater plants. Lystek International Inc., an organic materials recovery firm, recently presented the city of Southgate, Ont., with a $20,000 revenue-share check based on 2014 market sales of the biosolids-based LysteGro fertilizer product. Founded in 2000 at the University of Waterloo, Lystek helps municipalities and other generators reduce waste, costs, odors, and greenhouse gas emissions.

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