biosolids-to-fertilizer Articles

  • “Jerez guadalete w.w.t.p.”: from sludge to biosolids, and finally e.u. ecological fertilizer?

    ‘Guadalete W.W.T.P’ began its operations in January 1994 in ‘Jerez de la Frontera’, in the province of Cádiz, southwestern Spain. 15.000 t of anaerobically digested dewatered sludge has been produced on a yearly basis over the last four years. An 11 hectares open-air windrow composting facility, privately owned and operated, has permitted sludge to be transformed into biosolids compost. Compost ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • Biosolids- Considering the Types, Applications and Biosolids Drying Methods

    While some water treatment plants are meant to simply make the sludge safe enough to dispose of, most facilities continue to treat the sludge so that the material can be put to good use in their communities. Once sludge is treated and processed to meet EPA safety standards for productive use, the resulting nutrient-rich organic material is termed as biosolids. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A Sustainable Use for Dried Biosolids

    Lehigh Cement Company has conducted preliminary and in depth testing of Class A dried biosolids (DBS) as a fuel replacement in our cement kiln at Union Bridge, Maryland. Lehigh’s parent company, Heidelberg Cement, has been using DBS in European cement kilns for several years. These programs have proved the safety and environmental soundness of this concept. Lehigh’s ongoing development of these ...

  • Pyrobustor for the thermal treatment of biosolids

    ARA Pustertal AG operates the Tobler wastewater treatment plant in South Tyrol, Italy. The Tobler ARA facility is the fi rst and only water treatment plant in Central Europe that is housed in an underground cavern. The impressive cavern plant, whose tunnels are twice as large as that of a highway tunnel, began operation in July, 1996. The inclusion of a sludge drying plant and a thermal sludge ...


    By Eisenmann

  • 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

  • Ultrasonic pre-treatment of biosolid

    Low-frequency and high-intensity ultrasonic treatment of biosolid is a good method for biosolid disintegration. So, as a pre-treatment method of anaerobic digestion, it may replace the hydrolysis. Thus, we studied the effect of ultrasonic disintegration of biosolid at different ultrasonic power densities. Results showed that the Soluble Chemical Oxygen Demand (SCOD), Total Nitrogen (TN), Total ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Economic value of biosolids in a semiarid agroecosystem

    Over half of the municipal biosolids generated in the United States are being applied to agricultural land. More information is needed on crop response to biosolids application and on the optimal level of the application from an economic prospective. With this in mind, data from two sites used in a long-term biosolids application study of an Eastern Colorado wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)–fallow ...

  • 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

  • Microbial safety of air-dried and rewetted biosolids

    To assess microbial safety of treated sewage sludge (biosolids), we examined the inactivation of microbial indicators for potential bacterial, viral and protozoan pathogens. The levels of indicators were determined throughout the air-drying and storage phases of anaerobically digested sewage sludge. Samples were collected from two wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in Victoria, Australia. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 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 ...

  • Chemical and toxicological assessment of a full‐scale biosolid compost

    The impact of a full‐scale biosolid composting plant on the fate of a broad range of priority organic pollutants was investigated. Chemical analysis was performed at different steps of the process during two seasons. Simultaneously, the toxicological quality was assessed using estrogen α‐, dioxin‐, and pregnane X‐receptor reporter cell lines. Mass‐balance calculation highlighted the removal of ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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