Although many government agencies and environments groups advocate for the use of biosolids as a safer alternative to chemical and commercial-grade fertilizers, it is not exactly a walk in the park for producers of biosolids and those who run and manage a biosolids treatment plant. There are many problems that these facilities encounter in their everyday operation and it doesn’t make it any easier that society, in general, is still wary of the positive benefits that biosolids bring to the table.
One of the main problems that biosolids treatment plants encounter is the reduction of strong and bad odor that emanate from the treatment process itself. There is no getting around to it because essentially, biosolids are made of waste—both domestic and human waste. It is only considered safe because of the quadruple of treatment processes that it undergoes before it can be called biosolids and eventually applied on land. The odor is also the reason why neighborhoods and communities are adamant that treatment plants must not be near their places of residence.
Transportation of biosolids
The odor is also the reason why the transportation of biosolids is becoming more and more problematic. It is hard to contain such odor from emanating from the delivery trucks that are used to transport the biosolids to distribution centers and stores. What many facilities have done is to schedule this in the middle of the night when there are less vehicles on the road.
Collection of domestic waste
Can you imagine how difficult it is to collect and gather domestic waste? The handling of the waste alone can cause health problems to the workers, and that’s why workers in treatment plants are required additional training and must be in full gear during the whole collection process. There is also a need for households to cooperate with the collection agents because some household waste is simply not viable to turn into biosolids.
Distribution and introduction of biosolids
Of course, if transportation and collecting of domestic waste, the distribution of biosolids could also become problematic. Aside from the odor of the biosolids, the handling and management of it could also pose an issue during the distribution and the delivery to the respective warehouses. Once that is finished, the distribution centers would then need to introduce biosolids to the market. That might be a problem because the society is still not open or welcoming to the idea of using biosolids.