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By: Kelly Ward, Technical Project Assistant (Co-Op Student)

On March 11th, 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic and instructed countries to take urgent and aggressive action against its development1. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness of varying severity, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Human pathogenic viruses, such as coronaviruses, enter the atmosphere through feces, urine, and bodily secretions including saliva, blood, and sweat2. The virus is most commonly transmitted when an infected person releases liquid droplets into the air while coughing and sneezing in the vicinity of another person.

As transmission of the virus can occur through bodily fluids, it is important to understand the impact of wastewater treatment on the virus, its transmission and infectivity. Since the COVID-19 coronavirus is novel, there was no existing research in…

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Multi-Year Partnership with Goleta Sanitary District, University of California-Santa Barbara, and California Energy Commission introduces First-of-its-Kind technology in the United States for food-waste-to-energy conversion

Attention: Environmental, agricultural, municipal, recycling & waste management reporters/editors

May 6, 2020 – Fairfield, CA / Cambridge, ON – For Immediate Release | Lystek International Limited (Lystek) multi-year food waste-to-energy demonstration project in Goleta, California has been showing positive results. As the lead project proponent, Lystek is working with the Goleta Sanitary District (GSD), University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB), and the California Energy Commission (CEC). Lystek received partial funding for this demonstration project from the CEC in 2017 as part of their Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program.

Under this project, source-separated organic (SSO) food waste from the UCSB is pre-processed using an innovative European de-packaging technology (Smicon) and co-digested in mobile skid-mounted…

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Multi-Year Agreement Formalizes Lystek International as Biosolids Management Service Provider to the Town of Orangeville with Production of High-Value Fertilizer for Agricultural End Use

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April 30, 2020 – Dundalk, ON/Cambridge, ON – For Immediate Release |We are pleased to share a multi-year contract was executed between the Cambridge, Ontario based Lystek International Corporation (Lystek) and the Town of Orangeville to manage the Town’s annual biosolids production at the Southgate Organics Materials Recovery Centre (OMRC) located outside Dundalk, Ontario, Canada.  On April 22, 2020, the Town awarded a three-year initial term to Lystek with options for an additional two years. Under this agreement Lystek is responsible for the hauling, processing, storage, and beneficial end use of approximately 30,000 tonnes of biosolids annually at the Southgate OMRC. This agreement…

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Multi-Year Agreement Allows City of Santa Rosa to Divert Biosolids to High-Value Fertilizer for Agricultural End Use

Attention: Environmental, agricultural, municipal, recycling & waste management reporters/editors

April 9, 2020 – Fairfield, CA/Cambridge, ON – For Immediate Release | We are pleased to share that the City of Santa Rosa, California approved a multi-year agreement with Lystek International Limited (Lystek) to manage a significant amount of the city’s annual biosolids production at the Fairfield Organics Materials Recovery Centre (OMRC) for beneficial uses. Under the terms of the Agreement, approved March 5, 2020, the Board of Public Utilities awarded a five-year initial term to Lystek with options for an additional six years. The value of the initial Agreement is in excess of $6,000,000 and continues the customer relationship between Santa Rosa and Lystek.

The City of Santa Rosa searched…

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Sarah Mason-Renton, Business Development Manager, recently attended the 37th Annual Innovative Approaches to Wastewater Operations Conference in St. Cloud, Minnesota, on February 4th. This conference was organized by the Central States Water Environment Association (CSWEA) and the Minnesota Wastewater Operators Association (MWOA).

The conference focused on emerging issues and innovative approaches to operations and management across the state of Minnesota.

Aaron Luckstein, from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, kicked off the conference with a presentation on Innovative Permitting Approaches which emphasized beneficial use as a priority for water quality and residuals management. Luckstein provided an overview of various innovative approaches to permitting, including compliance and construction schedules, variances, integrated planning, watershed (rather than site) permitting, water quality trading, and adaptive management. Take home messages included the importance of determining a utility’s needs and goals, evaluating options,…

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Agreements Allow the Mt. View Sanitary District and Sanitary District No. 5 of Marin County to Diversify Their Annual Biosolids Planning

Attention: Environmental, agricultural, municipal, recycling & waste management reporters/editors

March 10, 2020 – Fairfield, CA | Cambridge, ON – For Immediate Release | Lystek is excited to announce that it has reached Agreements with two Bay Area wastewater agencies to manage a portion of their annual production of biosolids. Mt. View Sanitary Agency (Martinez, Contra Costa County, CA) and Sanitary District No. 5 of Marin County, CA will deliver biosolids to Lystek. The Fairfield-Suisun OMRC provides advanced processing and management solutions to municipal agencies in the San Francisco Bay area at its state-of-the-art facility and converts them into LysteGro®, a US EPA, Class A biofertilizer product.

These agencies have been searching for alternative biosolids management solutions…

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Agreement Allows the Vallejo Flood & Wastewater District to Diversify Its Annual Planning

Attention: Environmental, agricultural, municipal, recycling & waste management reporters/editors

September 19, 2019 – Fairfield, CA/Cambridge, ON – For Immediate Release | As further validation of the market leading biosolids and organics management services being provided to municipal agencies in the San Francisco Bay area, Lystek International Ltd. (Lystek) is excited to announce that it has reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Vallejo Flood and Wastewater District (VFWD) to manage a portion of its annual production of biosolids.  Under the terms of the agreement, Lystek will accept undigested biosolids from the VFWD at its 150,000 ton, state-of-the-art, Organic Material Recovery Center (OMRC-FSSD), and convert them into LysteGro®, a US EPA, Class A biofertilizer product.

The VFWD (District) has been an active…

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Phosphorus Sustainability Challenge

Phosphorus (P) is one of the most critical nutrients for crop production. Global rock phosphate reserves are non-renewable and being depleted by the need to extract P for fertilizer production. At the same time, water quality in rivers, lakes and coastal areas are being degraded due to excess P entering waterways. Both water quality and agricultural crop production depend on more sustainable use of P globally.

The Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance is situated at Arizona State University. It is a membership-based organization and serves as North America’s central forum and advocate for the sustainable use, recovery, and recycling of phosphorus in the food system. The Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance has launched a Phosphorus Sustainability Challenge “to inspire meaningful commitments from all types of organizations – public, private, large and small – to reduce our collective phosphorus footprint…

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