bio·​sol·​id ˈbī-ō-ˌsä-ləd How to pronounce biosolid (audio)
: solid organic matter recovered from a sewage treatment process and used especially as fertilizer
usually used in plural

Examples of biosolid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alabama first enacted rules about spreading biosolids as fertilizer in 2020, and tightened those restrictions last year after numerous complaints. Dennis Pillion |, al, 9 Apr. 2023 Tyco Fire Products, which has a fire training and research center based in Marinette, was issued its third letter of noncompliance by the Department of Natural Resources Monday, relating to the spread of sludge, or biosolids, from the Marinette wastewater utility. Laura Schulte, Journal Sentinel, 12 Apr. 2023 The wastes being stored at the Morgan County site and spread on fields across the state are called biosolids, which typically are made up of the solid remnants left behind from a wastewater treatment plant at an industrial facility or a sewage treatment plant. Dennis Pillion |, al, 9 Apr. 2023 Chicken poop, or litter, is not a biosolid. Dennis Pillion |, al, 3 Mar. 2022 Yet the alternative biosolid disposal methods once touted as environmentally sustainable have fallen out of favor. Molly Glick, Discover Magazine, 16 May 2021 Within the sweeping Clean Waterways Act are most of DeSantis’ water quality priorities, including initiatives in septic-to-sewer conversion, wastewater, stormwater, agriculture and biosolids. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, 12 Mar. 2020 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, 24 Sep. 2019 In December 2016, Big Sky received approval from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to begin using the biosolids, or sewage sludge, as alternative cover at the landfill. Dennis Pillion,, 8 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of biosolid was in 1965

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“Biosolid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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