How Safe Is Your Biosolids Storage?

Posted on: 20 July 2017

If your business produces natural waste in the form of sewage, livestock solids mixture, or through another byproduct process, how are you storing the materials? Organic materials ranging from solid waste from animals to pulp from trees can be used as fertilizer, binding agents, or other solutions that other businesses are willing to purchase, but you need to make sure that your storage and sampling is correct. A few details can help you understand the difference between different types of waste, as well as proper storage.

Sludge And Biosolid Differences And Needs

When working with organic waste, the terms sludge and biosolids are used to refer to waste in general. Although this may no matter at the operator and floor worker level, there are legal and storage differences between the two terms.

Government sources define sludge as untreated biosolids; a distinction that affects how the material is stored, where it can be solid, and the safety risks surrounding the material. When dealing with animal waste, this is especially important to help prevent the spread of disease as well as nuisance smells for people in the surrounding areas.

Sludge storage also provides unique challenges, as spills mean completely different issues when compared to a biosolid spill. After being treated, biosolids should have a planned and actionable response, including the types of substances that could penetrate soil and groundwater. Sludge spills are a much more toxic situation, as there may be some active hazards that can't be easily identified until protected inspectors can sample the spill.

Storage Containers For Different Biosolids

Every biosolid will need a container that matches its unique properties. Treated biosolids should be tested for their reaction against different container types to make sure that there aren't any caustic materials that will lead to leaks within the coming months.

Materials such as wood pulp, miscellaneous vegetables, or river drainage may not need special considerations for caustic risks, but keep in mind that some materials may produce a lot of gasses during decomposition and may need an exhaust valve to avoid explosions.

Treated and untreated animal waste may require specific containers that meet local government standards in case of a leak. This helps to address the previously mentioned disease control issue, as the requirements can give you the exact kinds of containers needed to keep leakage at bay.

For dump trailers, sealed containers, and other biosolid storage concerns, contact a biosolid and sludge containment company, such as Duffield Hauling INC.