Category 'News'


New Method of Removing Pharmaceuticals from Wastewater

One of the growing concerns with water pollution is the increasing presence of pharmaceuticals in wastewater. If not properly filtered, pharmaceuticals can end up in water sources and can have negative consequences to human health, the environment and ecosystems. Thus many researchers and scientists are in a race to find a new method of removing…

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New Technology Can Help Remove Microplastics in Sewage Sludge

Plastic, by design, is durable and non-biodegradable. It is these specific characteristics that make plastic waste products a danger to the environment, especially microplastics, as they will not easily disappear over time. It is a persistent condition that is being addressed by recycling and the use of plastic alternatives today. However, aside from recyclable single-use…

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High Meat Consumption Contributing to Worsening Algal Blooms

Every year, forecasts are released detailing the formation of so called “dead zones” or areas with severe algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico, the Chesapeake Bay, and Lake Erie. This data is collected by universities, research institutions, and government agencies to provide a report on the health of these critically important bodies of water….

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Benefits of Microalgae in Sewage Treatment and Biofuel Production

With the exponential growth of human population around the world, the environment has been going through detrimental changes that will have lasting effects for many generations. Dwindling fossil fuel sources, an ever-expanding carbon emissions footprint, and the large volumes of waste byproducts has made a significant impact on the ecology. New research is currently being…

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Ensuring Optimal Levels of Nitrogen in Biosolids Organic Fertilizer

The processing of biosolids from wastewater treatment plants have resulted in the production of affordable biosolids organic fertilizer which can be used in agriculture to revitalize nutrient deficient soils. Instead of ending up in landfills, biosolids have given farmers a cheap and environment-friendly source of organic fertilizer. Through the years, the process of biosolids production…

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Turning Farm Waste into Eco Friendly Fertilizer

Turning Farm Waste into Eco Friendly Fertilizer

September 11, 2019 | Under News | Posted by | No Comments

Farms have to contend with a variety of issues to keep their environment healthy and sustainable. Disposing of waste products can be challenging, especially due to residuals left behind by plants and animals. But a few researchers in Europe are looking into turning common farm waste, such as chicken feathers, cow dung and plant stalks,…

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Wastewater Treatment Turns Malts into Biofertilizer

The idea of producing biofertilizers through wastewater treatment is nothing new. A Chicago-based brewing company, however, is trying to replicate the process to not only save money but also save the environment. Muntons Malted Ingredients Inc. is not only the creator of the “Great British Malt”, but also produces ingredients for brewing and baking, as…

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Promising Research Helps Extract Hydrogen from Wastewater

Hydrogen is a critical component in the production of several commodities from plastics to fertilizers and even fuel. However, the process of harnessing hydrogen is both energy intensive and costly. Currently, a team from Princeton University is exploring the possibility of using sunlight to isolate hydrogen from a commonly available resource – wastewater. The researchers…

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Wastewater Treatment Plants as Biorefineries of the Future

With the dramatic changes brought about by climate change and increasing global population, countries are turning more towards sustainable energy and renewable materials, in order to keep up with the energy demand yet still be able to protect the planet from further damage. It is widely believed that wastewater treatment plants will play a more…

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Pharmaceutical Residues in Wastewater – Are Biosolids Safe?

The medical industry has come a long way in curing diseases that a century ago would have been a death sentence. Pharmaceutical research has resulted in breakthroughs such as antibiotics, vaccines and other life enhancing drugs not only for humans but also for animals. But because of the increasing use of medicines and limitations in…

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