biosolids management Articles

  • Emerging Technologies for Wastewater Biosolids Management

    This guide will help municipal wastewater treatment system owners and operators find information on emerging biosolids management technologies. Featured technologies can be used to reduce the volume of residuals to be managed, produce stabilized biosolids that can be used to help improve soil fertility and tilth, or promote the recovery of energy from biosolids. Technical and cost data for more ...

  • Biosolids ban struck down

    In 1994, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (LACSD) bought a 4,700-acre farm (called Green Acres Farm) in southwest Kern County for the purpose of land applying biosolids from its 11 wastewater treatment plants. LACSD land applied 800 wet tons/day at this site for several years. In 2006, Kern County voters passed Measure E on the ballot with 83 percent approval. This measure banned ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Small-Scale Biosolids Composting

    Cambridge, Ohio retrofitted a portion of its vacuum assisted drying beds into a covered composting facility, processing about 300 dry tons/year of biosolids and wood chips. Like many small communities in an agricultural area, the City of Cambridge, Ohio (pop. 14,000) managed biosolids generated by its 2.25 mgd Water Pollution Control Center (WPCC) via land application on farm fields. “Then ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Innovation Key To Biosolids Digestion

    A $400 million project at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant (AWTP) in Washington, D.C., involves building an innovative biosolids management system comprised of a thermal hydrolysis process, four 3.8-million gallon mesophilic digesters (measuring 70-ft tall by 100-ft in diameter) with fixed covers, a cogeneration system consisting of three 4.6-MW Solar Mercu ry 50 gas turbines ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Texas composter grows with biosolids

    New Earth Compost and Soils — with facilities in San Antonio and Conroe, Texas — was born 15 years ago out of a local meat packing plant’s long-standing need to dispose of manure from its operation (see “Composting Integrated Into Family Business,” October 2009). It soon became evident that scores of other businesses in and around the San Antonio area, where the ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Duffin Creek WPCP Evaluation of Biosolids Management Strategies

    The Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) is a conventional activated sludge facility that provides treatment for wastewater from the Regional Municipality of York and Regional Municipality of Durham. The Duffin Creek WPCP has a rated capacity for an average day flow of 364,000 m3/d (80 MIGD). A number of previous studies at the facility have identified that the potential exists for ...


    By XCG Consultants Ltd.

  • National Biosolids Overview

    In all, the 1990s have been good for the biosolids recycling community. Greater quantities of biosolids are being beneficially used than ever before, there are national biosolids regulations that are widely accepted as a good baseline, and there is an extensive, accessible network of researchers, practitioners, advisers and public officials who when combined, provide thousands of years worth of ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • RAISING THE BIOSOLIDS BAR: DEVELOPING AN ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

    A California sanitation district’s journey through the process of establishing an EMS for biosolids provides valuable insights, especially for agencies battling public acceptance challenges. THE Orange County, California Sanitation District (District) provides wastewater treatment service for more than 2.2 million people. The facility treats approximately 250 million gallons/day of wastewater and ...


  • The longer-term phytoavailability of biosolids-phosphorus

    Phosphorus based nutrient management could limit biosolids application to rates based on crop fertilizer P recommendations (P-based rates). Determinations of biosolids P phytoavailability relative to inorganic P fertilizers are necessary when P-based rates are mandated. Previous shorter-term (≤4 mo) studies successfully distinguished P phytoavailability differences among biosolids, but the ...

  • Biosolids Composting In Salt Lake City

    BioCycle Magazine Article on Biosolids Composting at Central Valley Water Reclamation Facility in Salt Lake City, UT using Managed Organic Recycling, Inc.'s Covered Aerated Static Pile Composting System.  Full scale operations started in February 2011. Other facility equipment includes AirFloor from Buildworks, temperature probes from ReoTemp, turner from Scarab, and mixer from Roto-Mix. ...

  • Biosolids Composter Satisfies Customers and Neighbors

    A ticket to Penn State football games isn’t the only hard thing to come by in State College, Pennsylvania. So is the biosolids compost produced by State College’s University Area Joint Authority (UAJA) wastewater treatment plant. “For the last four years, we’ve been sold out before we’ve made the compost,” says Stephen Welch, who manages the UAJA composting plant. All biosolids generated — about ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • MSW and Biosolids Become Feedstocks for Ethanol

    The first commercial facility designed to recover recyclables from municipal solid waste, and utilize the residuals with biosolids as feedstock for ethanol production, is moving forward in Middletown, New York. The Orange Recycling and Ethanol Production Facility, to be built on a 22-acre site adjacent to the Middletown Wastewater Treatment Plant, has capacity to process approximately 230,000 ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • An Advanced Biosolids Treatment Process and Potential Beneficial Applications of the Processed Biosolids

    ABSTRACTAn innovative and cost-effective biosolids treatment and processing technology was developed and demonstrated at a pilot and full-scale at the Guelph Wastewater Treatment Plant in Ontario. The Lystek process involves a low but optimized application of heat, alkali, and mixing in a batch or semi-continuous system to achieve the desired physical, chemical and microbiological characteristics ...

  • Managing California’s ever Changing Biosolids Regulatory Climate through the State’s First Design-Build Biosolids Recycling Facility

     ABSTACT In response to regulatory action, the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (District) implemented a highly diversified biosolids management program that includes two major elements as well as a number of backup options. The District engaged the private sector for the design, finance, construction, ownership, and 20 year operation and of a Biosolids Recycling Facility ...

  • A Tale of Three Cities – Different Approaches to Class A Biosolids Management

    The management of biological treatment residuals is a significant activity associated with the overall management and operation of any successful wastewater treatment utility. Estimated operational and maintenance costs for residuals treatment and ultimate disposal can range from 40 to 60 percent of a typical annual treatment facility operating budget and also may represent a similar fraction of ...

  • Can an Agency Maintain a Biosolids Management Program in Another County?

    Local jurisdictions in California are considering banning or restricting biosolids land application in their County because they have no oversight on biosolids being applied and because of public perception and nuisance issues related to biosolids, such as odors and flies. The City of Los Angeles developed a biosolids management program in 1989 and the program continues today. Several different ...

  • Biocycle Nationwide Survey: The State of Biosolids in America

     The State of Biosolids in America TAKING the pulse of biosolids management practices in the United States yields a combination of hard data and valuable insights. Between survey responses and telephone conversations, state biosolids coordinators around the country paint an overall picture of progress with the beneficial use of biosolids, along with a dose of reality about political, ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Biosolids Applied to Land: Advancing Standards and Practices

    Summary Wastewater treatment in the United States is a major cornerstone of efforts to keep the nation’s waters clean. Sewage sludge is the solid, semisolid, or liquid residue generated during treatment of domestic sewage. Since the early 1970s, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the wastewater treatment industry have promoted recycling of sewage sludge. With the prohibition of ...


  • A Comparison of Fluid Bed and Multiple Hearth Biosolids Incineration

    Abstract Incineration has been used as a disposal method for wastewater treatment biosolids for over sixty years. The first multiple hearth furnace for biosolids incineration was built in 1935 in Dearborn, MI. From that time through the late sixties, the multiple hearth was the thermal technique of choice for biosolids disposal. Today there are still some 150-175 aging multiple hearths in ...

  • Trends in biosolids handling technologies: economics and environmental factors

    Changes in activated sludge technology, with a much greater focus on nutrient removal instead of removal of organics, together with relatively long sludge mean that the primary sludge stream has been lost, and the sludge produced is less degradable. At the same time with the growing importance of sustainable solutions, beneficial agricultural use is being increasingly used. This changes quality ...


    By Cambi Group AS

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