Who are the stakeholders in the process of treating biosolids and its management? Who are most affected by its productions, its transportation, its disposal, and its distribution? How can you, an ordinary citizen, influence the production of biosolids and how and where and when they are going to be disposed?
The basic knowledge of what biosolids are and where they come from is enough to give the general public a negative perception and idea about biosolids. When studied closely and researched well, biosolids are organic fertilizer that enriches the soil and provides important nutrients such as potassium, phosphorus, and nitrogen. It has many benefits both for the community and the landowners. And yet, the benefits of biosolids are always trumped by the negative connotations it have received over the years.
Landowners and neighbors
The people most directly affected by the presence of biosolids are the landowners and their neighbors. Landowners and forestland owners, of course, want the best for their land and their soil. If the biosolids are offered to them, they would like the novelty and the scientific research that backs it to nurture and nourish their soil.
Nutrient-rich soil would, of course, prove to be a better “house” for plants, crops, vegetation, and many other things. This only means that landowners better understand what the benefits of biosolids are. Their neighbors, on the other hand, may have a harder time understanding the importance of the presence of biosolids in lands near them.
Those who are not direct benefactors of biosolids are, of course, not too happy with the presence of waste and manure around them. It is true. Biosolids are made up of domestic waste and that often involves everything. Private individuals are not too much happy knowing that their soil is being fertilized and nourished by possibly treated household waste.
Government institutions, particularly in America, must follow the environmental regulations set upon by the United Nations. Part of the protection of the environment is the management of waste in every state and city in the US. Seeing as biosolids have impacted and revolutionized waste management, this only means that it is only a matter of time before a sound public policy could be crafted for the acceptance of biosolids in homes.
Environmental activists always have something to say when it comes to issues that involve waste management. Proper waste management, after all, is what they demand from every municipality across the country. This is why the issue of biosolids acceptance is the one thing that they have been working on. If they could be successful in the education of stakeholders, then they will see a better waste management system being worked out.