Leadership Spotlight Series

Brenda is the Business Manager for Bio Recycling Corporation a business started by her family in the early 1990’s to ‘sustainably recycle treated human wastes from septic tanks and small community wastewater treatment plants into plant nutrients and soil organic matter which serves as the base of the food chain for all life.’ You could say Brenda grew up in the biosolids business.  She spent her high school and college summers working in Bio Recycling’s office as a receptionist and bookkeeper.

USDA's W3170 Research Meeting Recap

By Sally Brown, University of Washington

Under the auspices of the USDA CREES program, every year a group of scientists   get together to talk about their work related to municipal biosolids.  It is the very same group who, decades back, started and carried out the research that became the backbone of the Part 503 regulations.  Over the years many of the most famous members of the group have retired or moved on.  Last year for example, we said goodbye to Rufus Chaney whose work at USDA over decades added immensely to our knowledge of metals in soils and biosolids.