Communities and neighborhoods all across America are finding it hard to accept the use of biosolids with open arms.
Though they are not necessarily opposed to treating sewage sludge and transforming them into this form of nutrient-rich organic fertilizer, treatment plants have a great responsibility to raise awareness through information dissemination.
Educating communities is one of the most important roles that treatment plants can play in this fight against misinformation and miseducation.
If communities will continue to ignore the many benefits of biosolids, they will also be rejecting a viable method of waste disposal where everything just returns back to where they come from—the land.
Every municipality across America must be able to come up with a sound information campaign to drive up the interest in biosolids.
The programs must first target the homemakers—the mothers and the fathers who stay at home to take care of the household. They are your first line of the target audience. They must clearly understand the importance of composting in biosolids and how the household waste eventually turns into this nutrient-rich organic material.
You are going to have to catch their attention and hold it because they will also be the ones who will teach their partners and their children the right way to segregate their trash and the things they should not flush down the toilet or the sink.
Seminars, conferences, and expositions must be held for a biosolids campaign. This means partnering with the local community to press the information drive further. The seminar should be free and it should also be aligned with the goals of the community.
It should answer very pertinent questions about biosolids and how it could benefit that particular community. The local municipality needs to invite experts in the field of biosolids, as well as treatment plant managers, to explain the different processes that lead to the treatment of biosolids.
School activities are also good places to start the information drive. Children need to learn as early as now how beneficial biosolids is to the communities, to the environment, to the farmers, etc.
They need to learn at an early age that this practice should continue and we should not revert back to the old ways of throwing our garbage into the lakes, seas, and streams.
Once children have a clear understanding of how biosolids are “made” and what they bring to every community, they will be better prepared for the future when they are faced to make tough decisions regarding waste management and disposal.