Many countries and even communities in America are wary about the perceived benefits of biosolids as organic fertilizers. They simply see biosolids as a euphemism for sewage sludge, which is technically composed of human waste and household garbage. The term may be synonymous with what comes out of your toilet, but treated wastewater sewage sludge is actually beneficial for land application, reclaiming mines and forestlands, and growing crops and vegetation.
Organic fertilizers like biosolids have been used for decades to offset the need to apply commercial-grade fertilizers on our agricultural land. Studies have shown that instead of the perceived adverse effect biosolids have on agricultural lands and gardens, it can actually supply the much-needed nutrients that could not be sourced from chemical fertilizers found in the market.
For many farmers, the use of organic fertilizers saves them from having to buy commercial fertilizers in bulk. The cost of non-organic fertilizers have skyrocketed in recent years, with the difference being shouldered by consumers of the agricultural products the fertilizer is being applied on. Reducing the cost of crop production and growth is one of the primary goals of the farming industry today. After all, doing so would also release the consumers from the burden of having to shoulder the divided cost of purchasing chemical fertilizers.
In many communities, on the other hand, treatment plants specifically dedicated to processing wastewater sludge, from which biosolids are derived, are meeting the ire of residents because of the odor that comes from these facilities. One of the drawbacks of having a wastewater treatment plant within your residential area is the strong odor that emanates from it. Since wastewater sludge is essentially composed of domestic waste, the reduction and the extermination of odor could not be possible unless the facilities where the biosolids are being treated can follow strict but non-compulsory protocol on the management of biosolids odor.
But in truth, a lot of homeowners and home garden enthusiasts are turning to organic fertilizers to grow their plants, flowers, bushes, and shrubberies. Not only is organic fertilizer more friendly to the environment, it also supplies garden soil much-needed nutrients that couldn’t otherwise be found in commercial fertilizers.
The debate on whether or not biosolids are truly beneficial as organic fertilizers will continue for years to come. Though studies and researches have ruled in favor of biosolids usage, the apprehensions on its application will continue because of the fact that it came from treated domestic waste.