Biosolids are not as complicated as naysayers make it out to be. It is scientific, yes, but it is also technological and economical. There’s plenty of benefits that a community can get from biosolids and the presence of treatment plants in their area. More than the environmental benefit of recycling waste and sewage sludge and turning them into organic fertilizer, biosolids also has the capacity to save on fuel costs, energy, and boost the general and overall health of a community.
Costs less than commercial fertilizers
The primary goal of biosolids is to lessen the hassle of disposing sewage sludge in landfills and through incinerators. The closing of landfills and the rising cost of incinerators (not to mention the environmental impact) led scientists to develop something that our forefathers have already been doing without technology—recycling garbage.
Biosolids, thankfully, are more than just harmless waste. It has become a good source of organic fertilizer, which is now preferred over the much “cleaner” and more expensive chemical and commercial-grade fertilizers. Farmers who use biosolids instead of chemical fertilizers have noticed the drop in expenses and the spike in their profit margin.
Transportation is less likely
Disposing garbage to landfills and incinerators means transporting them from one place to another. Hauling off waste could cost thousands of dollars in a month, and you would have to deal with a lot of restrictive regulations and guidelines in every municipality that the garbage disposal truck will pass by. Aside from the cost of transportation, it also wastes energy and fuel, of course.
Produce that grew out from soil enriched by biosolids are healthier and more organic. These are priced higher in the market and the farmers, in turn, profit from these higher sales. More people are changing their lifestyles and turning to organic farming as a means to prevent the development of many illnesses and ailments that could be averted by a change in their eating habits.
Creates more employment opportunities
Treatment facility plants would employ hundreds of workers to operate the machines that convert the sewage sludge into biosolids. The presence of these facilities in a municipality creates local employment and provides job opportunities for the residents in and near the state.
And though the job is a little on the verge of health hazardous, there are many conditions employed to ensure the safety of the workers. Don’t worry, the workers won’t have to directly deal with the waste. Most of the management duties of running a treatment plant involves making sure that all machines are working properly, and that the amount of biosolids required is met.