How Community Acceptance Benefits Biosolids Management

The reason that biosolids management has faced challenges and difficulties even with the wide array of resources and information available on the internet is because of negative public perception. As long as communities try to reject the benefits of using biosolids in their land, the management, production, disposal, and transportation of biosolids will fail to develop.

While many localities and communities have began to open their eyes to the advantages of biosolids as a waste management practice, many are still skeptical on the fertilizer properties of biosolids and how it could boost crop production and vegetation. Though it is understandable to feel uncomfortable eating food grown out of land fertilized by treated waste, the alternative is even more disgusting.

Chemical fertilizers are made of… the unknown. Who really knows what gets into commercial-grade fertilizers? That being said, biosolids managers and facilities must continue to work to gain public acceptance for this organic fertilizer.

Boost public perception

The reason why there is a strong negative perception about biosolids is because of the way the public reacts to it. Test it out yourself. Tell a person that you are going to feed her a dish, the vegetable of which comes from a land fertilized by biosolids. What would the reaction be? Those who understand what biosolids are and what they are made from and how they are treated would shrug their shoulders and dig in. Others, those who have only heard about the “yuck” things about biosolids might refuse to touch their forks.

Follow rules and regulations

It is far easier for biosolids managers to follow rules and regulations in producing biosolids if there is acceptance coming from the community where the facility is located. Instead of spending time and energy fighting off the resistance of their presence, they could use that time to make sure that every rule in the book is being followed.

Easier disposal and transportation

One of the problems that biosolids management face is the transportation of biosolids. This means that the biosolids would have to be loaded in trucks and they would have to be transported to the disposal site or they would have to be distributed to ranch, farm, and forestland owners. Residents could balk at the idea of a truck passing by their roads where their homes or businesses are located. They may turn this into an issue because of the putrid odor that emanates from the biosolids.

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