Category 'Biosolids'


Biosolids Rehabilitate Areas Damaged by Mining

One of the unfortunate consequences of mining is that the land that is left after all the minerals have been extracted is usually no longer fit for vegetative growth. For decades mining companies have tried to find ways to rehabilitate these tailings or mine dumps and regreen them. One possible solution came in the form…

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Metro Vancouver Finds New Uses for Biosolids

Biosolids, a sewage treatment by-product, have long been used as fertilizer for agricultural lands because of its rich nutrient content. However, with the increasing waste that comes with a growing population, alternative uses for biosolids have been explored by the city of Vancouver. In 2015, the region’s five wastewater treatment plants produced 51,967 tonnes of…

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Benefits of Biosolids Composting

Benefits of Biosolids Composting

August 10, 2018 | Under Biosolids | Posted by | No Comments

Wastewater is generated by households, commercial businesses, and the industrial sector. It must undergo treatment before it is deemed safe to be discharged into water systems. Biosolids are a by-product of this process. They are primarily organic materials that can be recycled into fertilizers or used as soil amendment. Although biosolids regulations in different Canadian…

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How are Wastewater and Biosolids Managed in the Niagara Region?

Wastewater from household and industrial facilities yield primarily organic by-products known as biosolids. Biosolids possess many beneficial qualities that render them as useful for agriculture and alternative energy production. They contain nutrients that improve the soil quality and also have fuel properties that can be used to generate energy. Biosolids are analyzed and regulated to…

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Factors to Consider in Developing a Successful Biosolids Management Program

A sound biosolids management program is necessary to ensure a healthy citizenry and a safe environment. The local government must work with the community in developing strategies for the collection, disposal and recycling of domestic waste. Municipal wastewater, when properly processed and treated in a treatment facility, can be recycled into biosolids and applied to…

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Advantages of Biosolids in Improving Crop Nutrition

Biosolids can play a key role in providing cheap organic fertilizer for agriculture, yet a significant portion of municipal sludge that is not reused as biosolids are disposed of in landfills. Failure to recognize the advantages of biosolids as a natural soil enhancer not only translates to wasted resources but has resulted in the filling…

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Frequently Asked Questions About Biosolids Safety

The use of biosolids on agricultural land has many proven benefits. However, strict guidelines must be followed in order to protect human health and the environment. In Canada, The Ministry of Environment (MOE) sets the criteria before biosolids are considered suitable for farming. The exact location where the biosolids will be spread must also be…

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Mitigating Pathogens in Sludge and Biosolids

Fecal matter found in sludge and biosolids have been used as fertilizer for agriculture for many years. But before it is applied, it must pass strict regulatory guidelines to limit the number of coliform organisms or pathogens in sludge. This is important because if these biosolids are not treated properly, it could contaminate crops and…

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Sewage Treatment Odour Control Using Metal Salts

The most difficult challenge facing any water treatment facility is sewage treatment odour control. Whatever benefits the plant may bring are often overshadowed by the stigma of the odours it emits. Even government regulations cannot properly determine the performance indicators needed to make these plants neighborhood friendly. These odours could waft into parks and other…

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Environmental Benefits of Biosolids

Environmental Benefits of Biosolids

April 11, 2018 | Under Biosolids | Posted by | No Comments

The advantages of biosolids in agriculture are clear. They are naturally abundant in nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus that help farmers enrich the soil without the use of chemical fertilizers. Because they contain organic matter, they are less water soluble and the nutrients are less likely to leach into groundwater or be easily washed…

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