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.
“I had a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science but no real tools for solving environmental problems.” Sound familiar? There are a few folks who woke up one day and knew they wanted to study biosolids, work with biosolids, and promote beneficial use. Maybe they were inspired by one of you. But most of us happened upon biosolids. We thought to ourselves, “eh…don’t know what this is really but it sounds environmental” or “this is sort of what I studied”. What hooked many of us, Steve included, was that biosolids are a real, practical tool to solve environmental problems.
In April, a few of the Northwest Biosolids members were able to stop by the Lynden wastewater treatment plant, en route to a committee meeting.
The City of Lynden has a compost facility, where they compost ground branches and leaves, sawdust, and biosolids to make a Class A compost that is available for both commercial landscapers and the public, called Biolyn compost. A finely screened compost is sold to their customers, and the coarse version is available for the public to pick up.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, otherwise known as the SFPUC, provides wastewater and power services to the city of San Francisco and water services to San Francisco and 27 other local water agencies.
The SFPUC is excited to have recently joined Northwest Biosolids. The agency is looking forward to supporting the mission of the organization and forging strong ties with other member agencies. Currently the SFPUC is using temperature phased anaerobic digestion at its Oceanside treatment plant and is undergoing EPA Class A certification.