If you want to create biosolids at home, the term you are looking for is compost. Sure, you can DIY your own compost at home. Often referred to as “black gold,” the right mix of compost can enrichen your soil, provide nutrients that it is lacking, and boost the growth of your plants, flowers, and shrubs. But, here’s the deal: This is very different from biosolids.
Biosolids are the product of a series of treatment processes that sewage sludge goes through. The sewage sludge is a material derived from your household waste (and not just your food waste). Even your shampoo and the water you used to flush your toilet can be converted into biosolids through a series of treatments that involve remove pathogens and other contaminants from the product.
This is very unlike doing your own compost in your backyard where you simply put all your food waste and some twigs from your garden in a deep container and wait for a few weeks before it reeks of odor. Combining it with some other waste material from your home will turn it into a mush that you can then apply to your soil as an organic fertilizer. The natural process of bringing all of these together breaks down the waste and it comes out as the most natural and organic form of fertilizer.
However, this is not the biosolids that we have been reading so much about. While home composting is great and highly encouraged, biosolids are on a whole different level. If you want to make compost out of your household waste and food waste, go right ahead and follow the steps you see on the internet. Do not try, though, to make your own biosolids at home—to collect the wastewater from your home and “treat” it with chemicals you can buy from the hardware or the gardening shops.
Though many companies try to pass these DIY biosolids stuff as the real deal, they are not. Biosolids, for them to be legitimate and authentic, need to undergo several treatment procedures that no backyard has the facilities for. The reason why there are separate treatment plants for the production of biosolids is because they house massive and high-tech machineries that you could not simply get access to if you’re planning to produce biosolids in your backyard.
Since biosolids are being distributed now throughout the country, it’s easy to get in touch with producers who can simply deliver a sack of it straight on your doorstep. It’s a progressive and modern approach to organic fertilizing.