Biosolids News Abroad

The biosolids news around the world.


Online platform to help kick start the European market for recycled phosphorus
European Market (8/25/15) – An online platform has been launched to help kick start the European market for recycled phosphorus. The eMarket platform is a deliverable of the EU-funded P-REX (Sustainable sewage sludge management fostering phosphorus recovery and energy efficiency) project which is scheduled for completion at the end of August 2015.

A Big-City Sewage Treatment Plant Proves the Commercial Future of Recycling
Hamburg, Germany (8/24/15) – A new process for recycling phosphorus in sewage sludge is being tested in Hamburg German. The method, TetraPhos allows for phosphorus to be recovered from the ashes of incinerated sewage sludge. Ash is first dissolved into diluted phosphoric acid. Next, a four step process removes calcium, aluminum salts and irons, all of which can be used in the treatment process or sold off.  Phosphorus recovery from sewage sludge ash has a higher recycling rate of up to 90 percent in comparison to methods of extracting phosphorus from the wet side.

Biosolids Operation in Kamloops May Be Moved
Dallas, BC, Canada (8/19/15) – Arrow Transportation vice-president, Tim Bell, said he is looking at moving the company’s topsoil-mixing operation to another part of the Blackwell farm, farther from the mobile home park below. The company plans to sit down with residents in the coming weeks to discuss the plan. The company is confident that zero dust is leaving the facility, but understands that if they move some inventory farther away from residents’ homes it would make residents more comfortable.

Australian Biosolids Workshop
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (8/13/15) – The opening keynote presentation to the RMIT University Biosolids Workshop 2015 will be Professor Stephen Smith. The workshop aims to bring professionals and researchers working within the biosolids sector in Victoria and across Australia and New Zealand.

Work on Project to Generate Power from Sludge to Start This Year
Amman, Jordan (7/5/15) – The Ministry of Water and Irrigation in Jordan has approved the construction of the country’s first mono landfill to bury sludge and biosolids and generate electricity. The project, will generate four megawatts annually over five years and is funded by the German Development Band and the Water Authority of Jordan. The same project will be implemented in the northern region’s wastewater treatment plants and will be replicated in all of the country’s wastewater treatment plants.

Public to Have Say on Waterloo Region Biosolids Plan
Waterloo, ON, Canada (7/2/15) – About one-third of the region’s budget to decide what to do with truckloads of biosolidswill be spent consulting the public. The consultant is expected to spend up to four years leading a review of opinions, which is about double the time such a process would normally take. Among the communication improvements planned for this time around are a project charter to clearly outline the process, new ways to get information out such as social media and clearer, less technical information for the public to consider.

Summerside Utility Works to Maintain Effluent Quality
Summerside, QC, Canada (6/25/15) – Summerside’s sewer utility staff is working to maintain great effluent quality to protect safety of shellfish. The facility produces Class A fertilizer from its waste sludge and unloads its biosolidsfertilizer for use on farmers’ fields.

Saanich Land Owner is Ready, Willing to Solve CRD’s sewage Site Quandary
Saanich, BC, Canada (6/19/15) – The owner of a 30-acre Saanich property across from the Victoria General Hospital says the site is ideal for the region’s sewage treatment plants. The land’s proximity to the hospital may allow for heat and energy generated by biosolids processing to be brought to the hospital, one of the largest energy consumers in the region.

New Plant Mixes Food Waste, Used Water to Produce Energy
Ulu Pandan Water Reclamation Plant, Singapore (6/19/15) – A demonstration plant at the Ulu Pandan Water Reclamation Plant will be the first in Singapore to generate biogas for electricity from food waste and wastewater sludge. The co-digestion facility was recently launched by national water agency PUB and technology company Anaergia. The country’s four water reclamation plants are already producing biogas from sludge which supplies up to one quarter of each plant’s electricity needs, but adding food waste to the mix will potentially double their biogas production.

Perfume Chemists Aim to Stop Smelly Loos
International (6/4/15) – A team from Swiss firm Firmenich, better known for applying aroma expertise to perfumes and food, has developed a system to quantify six major fecal aroma chemicals at the same time in toilet air. In order to capture odorant chemicals in the air the team designed a new system that pumps air from above a latrine through a water-based solution that traps Sulphur-containing gases. The scientists ran the water through two extraction steps to collect all the odorants and then used both chemical and sensory analysis to describe the odors.

City of North Battleford Wins National Municipal Environment Award for Implementation of Lystek Biosolids Management Solution
Cambridge, ON, Canada (6/5/15) – The City of North Battleford was presented with a 2015 CAMA Environment Award during the association’s national conference in Jasper. The award recognizes the successful implementation of a Lystek biosolids management system at the city to replace its historical practice of landfilling. CAMA’s Environmental Award, which was sponsored by Ravenhill Group Inc., recognizes the commitment of a municipality to environmentally sustainable governance, to protecting the environment and to combating climate change.

13 Million Euro Order Received for Key Components of New Sludge Plant at Main Vienna Wastewater Treatment Facility
Vienna, Italy (6/15/15) – Vienna’s main wastewater treatment plant is to undergo comprehensive modernization and expansion in tandem with an energy technology paradigmatic change, as the facility is to become energy independent. WABAG from Austria has been commissioned with the supply of key components for sludge digestion and the hot water boiler plant. The most advantageous approach for handling the sewage sludge is believed to be using anaerobic stabilization in combination with the simultaneous use of the biogas generated during the controlled digestion of the sewage sludge in bioreactors.

From Poop to Perfect Compost: Edmonton’s World-Class Facility
Edmonton, BC, Canada (5/12/15) – Edmonton Waste management Services takes food waste and sewage sludge, processes it to get rid of fluids, and mix the dried waste with wood ships. The mixture is brought to a facility where it sits for a month to begin decomposing.

LETTER: Biosolids Used Safely as Fertilizer
North Shore, BC, Canada (5/8/15) – This letter to the editor is a response to a previous letter criticizing the land application of biosolids. The letter explains how biosolids can be used in British Colombia and the difference between biosolids and sludge

On Time, On Budget: $63M Biosolids Plant Up and Running
Greater Sudbury, ON, Canada (5/8/15) – The Greater Sudbury’s Biosolids Management Facility is operational and it is the first of its kind in Northern Ontario. The facility was created in response to changing environmental standards and the city’s desire to find a more permanent and sustainable method of sludge disposal and treatment. The facility was built through a public-private partnership and produces Class A biosolids.

Notice of Completion: Biosolids (Sewage Sludge) Management Plan
Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada (5/5/15) – The city of Sault Ste. Marie is proposing to process biosolids generated at their two wastewater pollution control plants by constructing a facility at the landfill to house either a composting or alkaline stabilization process. The project will divert biosolids from the waste stream, address a shortage of earthen cover material at the landfill and improve odor mitigation. The biosolids would be treated indoors in a controlled environment.

Contract Awarded for Anyang Sewage Treatment Plant Project

Anyang, South Korea (4/16/15) — POSCO E&C, one of South Korea’s largest EPC turnkey contractors, has awarded Cambi a contract for a Cambi B12 Thermal Hydrolysis Process plant for the Anyang Sewage Treatment and co-digestion Project. The biogas produced from the co-digestion plant will be turned into renewable energy, both as green electricity and as heat for the CambiTHP TM and digestion processes. The plant will also produce class-A biosolids.

More Biosolids from M’boro to be used after $800,000 Project
Maryborough, Qld, Australia (4/21/15) – Work is about to start on a project to process more biosolids from the Aubinville plant in Maryborough ready for use as an agricultural soil conditioner. The project involved building a storage facility on land next to where the biosolids would be processed. The stabilized material stored at the site will periodically be applied to nearby sugarcane land.

Treated Sewage Product Biosolids Gives Downs Cropping Land Valuable Boost
Norwin, Queensland, Australia (4/6/15) – Graham Clapham has farmed cotton and grain on his Norwin property for more than 40 years and he was among the first Queensland farmers to use biosolids as fertilizer  on his crop more than a decade ago. In Queensland, more than 150 farms now benefit from the practice. This article highlights the advantages of using biosolids.

Upgrade to Near Energy-Neutral Operation for Sludge Processing Plant
Moerdijk, The Netherlands (4/7/15) – The Slibverwerking Noord-Brabant (SNB) in Moerdijk had a successful installation of two steam boilers in an existing sewage sludge incinerator installation. SNB processes 30% of the 1.5 million metric tons of sludge produced in The Netherlands each year. The end result is a process requiring almost no external energy for operation.

Sludge-Slurping Microbes are One of the UK’s Fastest-Growing Energy Sources
Durham, England (3/31/15) –Foresight, a fund manager that invests in renewable energy announced its latest project: a new plant on a farm near Durham that will use anaerobic digestion to produce 3.400 Megawatt hours per year. The UK government and the Green Investment Bank that it set up to effect a transition to a more renewable-based system both say that small projects and diverse technologies are the way forward. Anaerobic digestion is the fastest-growing renewable technology in the UK after solar.

City Looking into Building Compost Facility
Campbell River, BC, Canada (3/24/15) –Amber Zirnhelt, the city’s manager for long range planning and sustainability, said the city will apply for full capital funding for a regional organics facility that would process household, commercial and institutional organics and yard waste. Council endorsed the application with two people in opposition. The city signed a memorandum of understanding with Comox Valley Regional District staff regarding collaboration around organics diversion and after issued a request for Proposals following the signing that will allow the facility to also accept and process dewatered biosolids.

Sludge a Success Story for Whitecourt-Area Farmers 
Alberta, Canada (3/18/15) – More than two decades ago, Alberta Innovates Technology Futures began conducting studies on sludge’s potential as organic fertilizer. Evidence concerning the sludge’s potential as an organic fertilizer got better and scientist’s progress from lab work to field trials to full-scale land application. Now farmers and companies are contacting the Whitecourt Plant in Alberta to learn about the availability of the organic fertilizer.

Engineer Invents Cheap, Strong Brick Out of Waste
Lucknow, India (3/17/15) – Sandeep Yadav, A civil engineer graduate of Sri Ram Swaroop Engineering College, came up with the idea of manufacturing bricks using waste material like sludge generated by a sewage treatment plant. Yadav was supported by other civil engineers and the group received a provisional patent for their invention. Their research was shared in the International Journal of Advancements in Research & Technology (IJART).

Sewage Sludge Tapped for Farming in Ministry Vegetable Campaign
Tokyo, Japan (2/26/15) – The infrastructure ministry in Tokyo is leading a project to produce vegetables grown in sewage sludge. Research by the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry suggests tomatoes grown with sludge-based fertilizer have higher sugar content and lower levels of citric acid. The infrastructure ministry plans to showcase farming methods incorporating Japan’s sewage treatment technology at Expo Milano 2015, a world exposition under the theme of “Feeding the Plant, Energy for Life”.

Region’s Biosolids Video Aims to Dispel ‘Negative Connotation’
Waterloo Region, Canada (2/28/15) – The Region of Waterloo has created a video for the YouTube channel that explains the role of the region’s 13 wastewater treatment plants and the sewage the region produces every day. The video is intended to open a dialogue with residents about their hopes for the region’s biosolids master plan. Last year the region decided to put a heat-drying facility proposed for Cambridge on hold, after public outcry about the safety and location of the facility. “We had some issues expressed from the public about our communication around biosolids and potential locations of facilities” said Councilor Sean Strickland. Strickland added, going back to square one and incorporating new strategies and mediums for getting the word out about the region’s plan would be well-received by the community.

Book Launch: Applications of Activated Sludge Models
Delft, The Netherlands (2/17/15) – The International Water Association published the UNESCO-IHE edited book ‘Applications of Activated Sludge Models’. The book has been prepared to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Activated Sludge Model Nr. 1 (ASM1) and it includes fifteen practical applications of the activated sludge model for optimization, extension, upgrading, retrofitting and troubleshooting of wastewater treatment plants, carried out by members of the Delft modeling group, master and doctoral students and partners.

Just Another Shitty Day
Durban, South Africa (2/11/15) – Fecal sludge scientist Francis de los Reyes explains his work with Ventilated Improved Pit Latrines (VIP). His goals are to collect samples at different depths of the VIP to confirm different degradation processes and better understand filling-up rates in the pits. Francis provides information about fecal waste management in developing countries.

Sludge Powered Wastewater Treatment Plant in Egypt to get €84m Upgrade
Cairo, Egypt (2/11/15) – Suez Environment subsidiary Degrémont has a four-year contract to operate and maintain two wastewater treatment plants at Gabal El Asfar in Cairo. Degrémont will be in charge of operating the facilities and their rehabilitation to ensure that water discharge from the treatment facility is of the highest quality.

BioCare Collects Award for Levels of Innovation
Bray, Ireland (1/10/15) – BioCore has been commended for its achievement in InterTradeIreland’s FUSION program and awarded with a ‘Project Exemplar’ for outstanding innovation. The award recognizes exceptionally high levels of innovation and collaboration between a firm, their graduate and an academic as part of the FUSION Program. The long term aim of the company is to use sewage sludge for renewable energy generation and recovery of commercial grade fertilizers for farmland.

Walker Environmental Turns Poop Into Gold
Niagara Region, Canada (1/6/15) – Material flushed down toilets in the Niagara Region has two uses. Approximately 50% is injected in liquid form beneath the surface of farm fields while the rest is trucked to Walker Industries in Thorold and converted into a patented dry fertilizer to be used by farmers. This article explains the process the sludge goes through at Walker Industries.


West Liberty Could Harness the Power of Sludge
West Liberty, IA (12/17/14) – The West Liberty City might join with West Liberty Foods in Phase One of a feasibility study of a bio-digestion waste disposal system that would be located at the city’s wastewater treatment plant. Digesting sludge from the municipal facility and industrial waste from West Liberty Foods could result in producing enough methane gas to power the treatment plant

Scottish Water Successfully Pilots Applied CleanTech’s New Technology: Operating Costs in Wastewater Treatment Plant Lowered by 20-30%
London, England (12/1514) – Applied CleanTech announces that a pilot project to test its new recycling technology for wastewater was completed at Dunbar and Aviemore Wastewater Treatment works with promising results. A new technology for Scottish Water uses a fine filter that captures the cellulose and some of the fats, oils and grease coming into the water treatment works. The solids are then pasteurized producing a pellet material called Recyllose.  The Recyllose can be used as a raw material in paper, plastic, construction, energy and other industries. This technology will reduce the amount of sewage sludge produced at the plant, and will reduce the plants carbon footprint and emissions by using less power and resources and increasing the lifespan of their equipment. The technology was developed by Applied CleanTech and is known as the Sewage Recycling System. It has successful installations in Mexico, Canada, Israel, the Netherlands, and now The UK.

Israeli Start-Up Sees Gold in Wastewater
Israel, International (12/5/14) – Applied Cleantech (ACT) is an Israeli start-up company looking to expand into the US. ACT’s Sewage Recycling System (SRS) technology enables water treatment plants to bypass the production of sludge by extracting the solid waste before the recycling process begins. ACT’s technology recycles the biosolids in sludge into a product called Recyllose. It can be used to replace wood or processed plant materials in many products, including plastics, insulation, pulp and paper, construction, biofuel production, and more.


To use sewage sludge to obtain bioenergy

Madrid, Spain: Researchers from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Universidad Miguel Hernández of Elche have found a way to increase biomass production by using sewage sludge as energy crop fertilizers. The Agroenergy Group from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and researchers of the Universidad Miguel Hernández (UMH) of Elche have carried out a joint research work to determine the fertilization effects with sewage sludge compost into cynara productivity during three years. The results (“Sewage sludge compost use in bioenergy production – a case study on the effects on Cynara cardunculus L energy crop”) showed that the usage of this fertilizer has clear positive effects since the biomass production and the oilseeds increased up to 40% and 68% respectively, being this a substantial increase of energy crop production.