What are Biosolids?
Biolsolids are the treated, nutrient-rich and organic residual sediment of wastewater treatment facilities. Biolsolids contain nitrogen, phosphorous, organic matter, as well as essential micro-nutrients, such as copper, iron, molybdenum and zinc. These are all vital components of plant growth and soil fertility. Use of biosolids as a fertilizer on agricultural fields, practices the important means of recycling the potential nutrients of waste.
Are Biosolids beneficial for the communities?
Biosolids are a valuable nutrient source for growing field crops and assist in maintaining urban landscapes. Using biosolids:
- Reduces the need for commercial fertilizers
- Reduces production costs
- Improves soil fertility
- Enhances the soils structure, permeability and moisture retention
- Assists to maintain optimal soil tilth and reduce erosion
The recycling of this valuable resource benefits society, as well as the environment. Crop farmers receive a substantial economic benefit, as the biosolids provide nitrogen, phosphorus and other crucial micro-nutrients, which would otherwise have to be purchased. Furthermore, recycling biosolids is an environmentally beneficial alternative, as it frees up valuable landfill space and reduces overall greenhouse gas emissions.
How does Infiniterra Solutions work?
Thus far, municipalities rely on land application to manage their biosolids. However, at Infiniterra Solutions, we are positive that this approach is not reliable. Thanks to the power of our channel aeration composting technology, infiniterra Solutions is one of the most reliable in the industry.
Biosolids are transported from the cities wastewater treatment facilities and are unloaded into a mixing area at the composting facility. Here, the biosolids are mixed with various fibers such as woodchips. This mixture then undergoes active composting in a concrete channel, which is equipped with individual airflow systems. Oxygen, moisture and temperature levels are monitored to accelerate the decomposition. During this period, the compost is turned by our automated RotoKing® Technology, which is located in the channel. This further agitates and aerates the mixture. All the while, our biofilter system reduces odor and ensures that the facility meets air permit requirements.
Following the channel composting process, the compost is placed within an aerated curing channel or into a storage area. This ensures that the end product meets the composting standards by Organic Matter Recycling Regulation (OMRR)
After completing the composting process, this product can be used by its own municipality for urban landscaping purposes, as well as be sold to topsoil blenders, nurseries, landscapers, golf courses and retail distributors.