Biosolids facts and information
Farmers First land application program
Biosolids are natural soil amendments that are safe for the environment, lower utility fees for the community, and reduce fertilizing costs for farmers. Rich in organic matter and vital nutrients, recycling biosolids can be an efficient and effective way to get value from waste while generating renewable energy and resources. The earth-friendly compost has been used successfully around the country in agricultural lands, mine reclamation sites, parks, golf courses, and forestry.
The biosolids used for land application in Farmers First are designated as Class-B products. Class-B biosolids are generally applied to agricultural fields where the nutrient-rich compost is mixed with soil to help fertilize and condition the land for healthier crops. Farmers prefer to use Class-B biosolids because they are high in organic matter and contain greater levels of plant-available nutrients.
Biosolids and PFAS
Polyfluorinated Substances, also known as PFAS, are chemicals that have been produced since the 1940s. They are currently found in many common household products such as cleaners, food packaging, clothing, carpeting, and beauty products. This includes items like non-stick frying pans, pizza boxes, dental floss, and firefighting foam. Because of its many uses over the years, PFAS can be found in our bodies, the environment, and biosolids.
Drinking water treatment systems, wastewater treatment facilities, and municipal solid waste landfills are not “producers” or “users” of PFAS. Rather, they are “receivers” of these chemicals every day from manufacturers and consumers. Studies have shown that exposure to PFAS from common household products is exponentially higher than those that can be found in wastewater products such as biosolids.
It is imperative that we all discontinue the use and production of polyfluorinated substances. As long as PFAS continues to be used in our everyday lives, these chemicals will continue to be found in our “receiver” streams.