Test Results Bode Well For Biosolid Composting Collaboration Between Anne Arundel County & Baltimore City

The Spring 2015 Edition of Waste Watch, published by the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority, reported that the successful conclusion of a pilot project on biosolid recycling in Anne Arundel County may result in an ongoing collaboration between the County’s Cox Creek Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) and the Baltimore City Compost Facility. From the article:

The pilot project was designed to study the feasibility of Anne Arundel County utilizing the City Compost Facility to process biosolids produced during the wastewater treatment process. It was inspired by the fact that a portion of the County’s biosolids have long been transported out of state, where it is land-applied for agricultural use. Maryland regulations regarding application and storage of nutrients have been tightening, resulting in a restriction of land application activities in Maryland to certain seasons.

With this issue in mind, the Authority, while negotiating a 2013 contract extension with Veolia North America (owner and operator of the Baltimore City Compost Facility), also negotiated an agreement for the Facility to accept and process biosolids from other Authority Jurisdictions. Veolia accepted the agreement based on the prerequisite that processing biosolids from other jurisdictions would not interfere with its ability to process biosolids from Baltimore City’s Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant (WTP). …

The Authority is working with Anne Arundel County to explore the economic feasibility of a more permanent arrangement for processing solids at the Baltimore City Compost Facility. This collaboration has the potential to be a winning proposition for Veolia, Anne Arundel County, and the City of Baltimore.