biosolid

noun
bio·​sol·​id | \ˈbī-ō-ˌsä-ləd \

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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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 At the landfill, the biosolids act as a natural, fertilizer-rich land cover to keep other types of waste from flying out of the landfill, according to Dr. Julie Price, manager of sustainability at the University of Alabama Birmingham. Emilie Ikeda, Fox News, "Stalled poop train stinks up Alabama town," 13 Apr. 2018 New Yorkers flush the toilet millions of times a day, creating 1,200 tons of biosolids, or treated sewage sludge. Kate King, WSJ, "New York City’s Sewage Shipment Runs Afoul in Rural South," 30 Mar. 2018 The shipping cost eventually proved to be too high, however, and Colorado farmers stopped importing New York biosolids in 2012. Chas Danner, Daily Intelligencer, "Alabamians Are Sick of New York’s Crap," 11 Mar. 2018 The western communities also face issues with disposal of mulch and biosolids—organic matter which is recycled from sewage. Austen Erblat, Sun-Sentinel.com, "New company seeks to solve western communities' foul odor issue," 23 Mar. 2018 Several cars loaded with the containers of the sludge, also called biosolids, are currently sitting at a rail yard in the town of Parrish in Walker County awaiting transfer to the landfill. Dennis Pillion, AL.com, "Sewage sludge import operation moves to Walker County after backlash," 20 Feb. 2018

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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