The collection of solid waste at wastewater treatment plants is an unavoidable and necessary evil. Finding ways to get rid of solid waste has been a problem for many years, especially considering there is no possible way to limit its formation. While many treatment plants have disposed of it through incineration, new regulations have caused this technique to be deemed environmentally dangerous and incineration has been stopped in many areas. Today, water treatment professionals are coming up with more beneficial ways to reuse biosolid waste instead of trying to just get rid of it.
Turning Waste Into A Renewable Source Of Energy
One of the greatest ways being explored to get rid of human waste is turning it into fuel for energy production. One fact that is certain about solid waste is as long as there are people on the planet, it will be renewed every day. The research being done to turn biosolids into energy, commonly referred to as sewer sludge, is growing and becoming the focus of many energy companies. Today, instead of incinerating biosolids and creating an environmental danger, solid waste is being used to switch on the lights in homes and businesses.
Biosolids Used For Farming
In nature, solid organic waste returns to the ground and provides nutritional support to the soil for increased plant growth. However, when solid waste is collected at waste water treatment facilities, it can be filled with pathogens and chemicals that would deem it unfit for use as a fertilizer. Steps are being taken to filter pathogens and other components out of solid waste so it can be used in a manner closer to the its natural decomposition. When solid waste is separated from waste water at a treatment plant, it is sent to heated digesters, special containers that have microbes in them, ready to eat up the pathogens usually found in solid waste. Heavy metals like mercury and lead are also taken out of biosolids before it is used as fertilzers.The use of clean, filtered biosolid fertilizer can be safer than the use of chemicals on farms growing food.
A Fertilizer For More Than Just Food Farms
Golf courses and beautifully landscaped roadsides you see every day may be the product of biosolid fertilizers. Many golf courses have top soil in place that is mixed with biosolid waste as a fertilizer, the reason some courses have luscious green grass. Construction crews use soil pre-mixed with biosolid fertilizers for erosion control on the side of roadways. Because of the many uses for biosolids, the manner in which it is treated and disposed have dramatically improved, a huge plus for its lowered, negative impact on the environment.
Thanks to research being done by many waste water treatment professionals, the world is a cleaner place to live. One thing you can always count on is the energy generated using biosolids will always be a definite renewable source. Contact a biodolid management company, like Uzelac Industries, for more information.