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Canada Commits to Eliminating Plastic Waste by 2030

Eliminating plastic waste is a major challenge for Canada. Plastic waste is one of the most difficult pollutants to manage because of its widespread use. In Canada, there is an estimated 3 million tonnes of plastic waste produced every year, of which only 9 percent is recycled. This means that a large part of this…

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Studies Show Hormones Can Affect Water Quality from Sewage Treatment Plants

There are many ways our wastewater quality can affect us negatively if we do not treat it properly. In some cases, what we flush down the toilet may come back to us in other ways. A recent study suggested that human hormones found in wastewater from sewage treatment plants may have profound effects on aquatic…

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Environmental Benefits of Biogas in Combating Climate Change

There are several benefits of biogas that can help Canadians protect the environment and mitigate climate change. It is a critical resource with many uses, from generating renewable energy, reducing solid wastes, managing nutrients, reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) to mitigating pollution risks. Greenhouse gases have always been a concern because of its contribution to climate…

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The City of Windsor is Looking for Solutions to Deal with Organic Wastes

The City of Windsor in Ontario produces around 55,000 tonnes of residential garbage that gets sent to landfills every year, of which about 16,500 tonnes of that is organic material. The city decided to set a 2025 deadline where it will start curbside collection of residents’ food scraps and other organic wastes as part of…

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Innovative Water Treatment Methods in Beer Production for a More Sustainable Future

If there is one thing that you would never associate with each other, it would be wastewater and beer. Yet, researchers from Canada and Australia have endeavoured to make that connection, all in the hopes of using innovative water treatment in crafting beer that can potentially save our planet. Village Brewery from Alberta, Canada, introduced…

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Recycled Biosolids for More Eco-Friendly Brick Production

Australia has been finding ways to expand the use of recycled biosolids as it deals with ever-increasing volumes due to the country’s growing population. In 2017, it was estimated that 6% of the biosolids produced, or approximately 20,000 tonnes were either sent to landfills, stockpiled or discharged into the ocean. Abbas Mohajerani, and Associate Professor…

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Future of Biosolids Technology – Extracting Hydrogen From Sludge

The future of biosolids technology continues to unfold with new discoveries and techniques that can harness the potential of this wastewater by-product. Researchers from around the world continue to look for ways to improve biosolids technology to produce practical products from it. This abundant resource, if not recycled properly, will have a negative impact on…

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Electricity to Improve the Sludge Treatment Process

Electricity has been an integral part of everyday life. It has been used to power everything from our lights at home to even our cars. The one place electricity has yet to commonly applied to is in sludge treatment. But a couple of studies are already being conducted to examine its potential. Researchers led by…

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Improving Biosolids Management with Quality Organic Additives

Improving biosolids management has been key in maximizing the true potential of using biosolids for plant growth. Given the large volumes of sewer water that treatment plants receive from towns and cities around the world, improving biosolids management to sustainably replace chemical fertilizers is more important than ever. Scientists worldwide have poured their efforts into…

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Plastic Discs Allow for Cheaper Wastewater Sewage Treatment

The use of microorganisms in wastewater sewage treatment is nothing new. They have been used for the recovery of nutrients, production of energy and the removal of pollutants and pathogens. This has made it an integral part of the wastewater sewage treatment process. Although their effectiveness has been proven, the kinds of microbes and how…

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