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By Kerri Jansen

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The fields of corn and soybeans at Birmingham Farm, owned by Kansas City, Mo., look like the crops at any other farm.

But unlike most farmland, these fields are fertilized with biosolids produced by the city’s wastewater treatment process.Each year Birmingham Farm uses about 55,000 dry tons of biosolids, sometimes called “sewage sludge,” from the city’s main wastewater treatment plant, Blue River. Its history stretches back to the 1970s when the city first started applying biosolids from a smaller treatment plant to 300 acres of farmland. Sewage sludge turns a profit for Kansas City – Waste & Recycling News

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Given the recent interest and discussions in our Region on biosolids, this submission summarises more than a decade of Waterloo-based research on biosolids processing. The vision was to develop processes to make locally based, University of Waterloo spin-off, Lystek International Inc., into a global, industry leader in biosolids management. Achieving this goal required collaborative research between the University of Waterloo and other top Canadian researchers and Universities. Additional support provided by the Government of Canada, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and various private industry partners….Waterloo Biosolids Processing Research and Technology Final

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Sustainable management has made many industries – both big and small- learn one key lesson. The key to being sustainable- both economically and environmentally- is to minimize material waste while maximizing the useful life of the same material.

In the growing interests of waste diversion, wastewater treatment plants across the globe are faced with the challenge of sustainably managing their plant’s residual biosolids and identifying key value streams to which they can better use their products.

Meanwhile governments across the world are incentivizing and calling for the need to switch to renewable energy sources driven by higher-than-ever global energy demands coupled with concerns around climate change and volatility in the fossil fuel market. (more…)

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For centuries, farmers have realized the benefits that animal manure have had on improving their soil fertility. In the 1920s, farmers began to use biosolids from wastewater treatment plants as a fertilizer supplement. Biosolids are the organic materials that have gone through the treatment process in a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) and subsequently been tested and deemed by regulators as suitable for beneficial use on land.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) defines biosolids as “nutrient-rich organic materials resulting from the treatment of domestic sewage in a treatment facility. When treated and processed to the regulatory standards, these residuals can be safely recycled and applied as a fertilizer to improve and maintain productive soils and stimulate plant growth.”

The US EPA has gone further as to prescribe recognized categories of biosolids that have been…

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Editorial Submission – December 2012

As chemical fertilizer supply is being depleted, the long-term security of our food supply demands that biolsolids be recycled as biofertilizer to meet the needs of sustainable agriculture. This practice is support by many scientific organizations and their government in the UK, the European Union and in the United States, all of which have all attested that there is no evidence that systems, regulations and practices implemented for use of biosolids in agriculture in these jurisdictions have had any negative affect on human health. Click here for the full submission

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With growing public interest and regulatory changes, municipalities or large agricultural operations that generate biosolids continue to face new technical and financial challenges on how to dispose of this waste. Lystek International’s biosolids management process seeks to solve this problem by collecting this waste and using it to creating a safe, high quality liquid fertilizer through an innovative and patented process.

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For some people, the mere mention of the word ‘biosolids’ is enough to make them swallow hard and try to quickly change the subject. For others, however, discussion about the responsible treatment and use of biosolids and their potential role in today’s society is extremely important and anything but hard to stomach.

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Lystek specializes in the recovery of organic materials. More specifically, Lystek offers a unique, patented process for the management and beneficial use of biosolids.

What Is Biosolids Management?
Biosolids refers to the residual, semi-solid, organic material primarily derived from municipal and/or commercial wastewater treatment processes. These nutrient rich materials are eventually used in agricultural applications, sent to landfills or incinerated.

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