biosolid

noun
bio·​sol·​id | \ ˈbī-ō-ˌsä-ləd How to pronounce biosolid (audio) \

Definition of biosolid

: solid organic matter recovered from a sewage treatment process and used especially as fertilizer usually used in plural

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There are also reports of pollution in Belgium, Germany, Japan, Australia and the Netherlands, and contamination through agricultural use of biosolids from wastewater treatment plants, and landfills where chemical-laden products were disposed of. Washington Post, "To the EPA, ‘Forever Chemicals’ Are a Big Problem Now," 18 Sep. 2019 The agency is considering new rules on how biosolids – solid material left over from wastewater treatment operations and chicken processing plants – can be used as a fertilizer. USA TODAY, "Fugitive pig, proverb library, sodium warnings: News from around our 50 states," 16 Sep. 2019 New York City now pays contractors approximately $50 million per year to remove its biosolids, officials said. Kate King, WSJ, "New York City’s Sewage Shipment Runs Afoul in Rural South," 30 Mar. 2018 Earlier this year, scientists at the state agency said there is compelling evidence that the river is being polluted by the spreading on nearby agricultural lands of sewage-treatment byproduct called biosolids. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida algae crisis plagues St. Johns River and Lake Washington, heightening scrutiny of sewage-treatment practice," 26 July 2019 Virginia Barker, director of Brevard County’s department of natural resources, said the state’s rewriting of regulations for biosolids should be completed as soon as possible and that a long-term technological solution should be sought. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida algae crisis plagues St. Johns River and Lake Washington, heightening scrutiny of sewage-treatment practice," 26 July 2019 The city has set a goal of eliminating landfill disposal by 2030, perhaps by converting biosolids into energy or compost. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "New York City Sewage Held Up in Alabama Town Finally Taken Away," 19 Apr. 2018 The containers are loaded with a material called sewer sludge or biosolids, which is the solid material left behind after conventional wastewater treatment processes. Dennis Pillion, AL.com, "New York poop train won't derail Parrish Coal Fest," 6 Apr. 2018 New York City has multiple contracts for shipping biosolids to landfills in states including Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania as well as upstate New York. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "New York City Sewage Held Up in Alabama Town Finally Taken Away," 19 Apr. 2018

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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