One of the many things that the general public does not understand about biosolids is how hard it is to manage its production, its facilities, its distribution and disposal, and the acceptance of the community where the facility belongs and where the biosolids are being applied. Without proper biosolids management, the general public would be more doubtful to the benefits that this presents and many farmers would go back to using commercial-grade and chemical fertilizers.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made it clear that biosolids are here to stay and so are the regulations that protect it. The partnered with key agencies and institutions around the country to make it more possible for the general public to begin trusting and accepting of the presence of biosolids. They chose agencies and institutions who share the same values, interests, and understanding of biosolids.
Biosolids management today continues to be the focal issue of the many challenges that face biosolids. For example, many environmentalists could question the drying process and the process that eliminates the odor from the biosolids. Some could point out how contradicting some processes are while not knowing the challenges that managers face in order to get the biosolids production on that stage.
There are many opportunities about biosolids, though. The unprecedented challenges that biosolids managers now face are nothing compared to the opportunities that using biosolids present.
By partnering with regulatory agencies, research universities, municipal agencies, and professional organizations, the EPA made it possible to reach every sector of the environment industry, as well as all stakeholders that stand to lose or gain from using and disposing biosolids properly.
Another advantage of these partnerships is that it expedites the process of approval. A plan to build a facility in Florida, for example, could be met by ire from the residents. After all, though there is a gain in public acceptance of biosolids, many still think wastewater treatment plants could potentially harm the bodies of water surrounding a particular city or town. The residents, understandably, are doubtful of the “inability” of the contaminants and pathogens from biosolids to reach their waterways and water sources.
The partnership also hastens the production of tools and equipment and processes that would make it easier for the producers to manage and handle biosolids. This means that with the rising demand for biosolids (which are being used for organic farming), the partnerships between the EPA and many other institutions could lead to advances and breakthroughs in waste management technologies.