Article Roundup – Biosolids (May 2019)

Dustech recently developed new dust suppressant products that work effectively on biosolids dust. In light of that development, our article roundup this month will focus on the biosolids and wastewater treatment industry.

The first article discusses the North American biosolids market. The second shares details about a Boise farm run on biosolids. The third and final article talks about a new, unconventional way to use biosolids proposed by a university team in Australia.

The North American biosolids market was majorly dominated by the top 10 players in 2017 (via PR News Wire)

This article discusses the major players in the North American biosolids market, growth for 2019-2024, and major factors driving the market. It also talks about how agricultural land applications account for the largest share of biosolids. For those interested, it links out to a full report available for purchase.

A look inside Boise farm powered by biosolids (via Post Register)

Twenty Mile South Farm in Boise, discussed in the article linked above, is fertilized with thousands of tons of biosolids that come out of treated sewage. This use of renewable materials is an important part of the city’s effort to reduce the city’s impact on the environment. Beyond the use of biosolids, the city also has a “net zero energy” administration building and ship on the property. Overall, this is a great example of a community taking strides towards a greener future.

From toilet to brickyard: Recycling biosolids to make sustainable bricks (via ScienceDaily)

While biosolids can be used as fertilizer, it’s fairly common for these materials to be stockpiled or send to landfill instead — around 30% of the worlds biosolids, according to this ScienceDaily article.

In response, a team at RMIT University in Melbourne developed a method that incorporates biosolids into brickmaking. These biosolids bricks require half the energy of conventional bricks and have lower thermal conductivity. It also could reduce the excavation of soil for brick production. It remains to be seen if this brickmaking method will catch on. Either way, it’s still an innovative way of approaching sustainability.

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