As committed members of the biosolids recycling community we strive to educate the public about our cause and to support similar efforts within the community.
In 2022, RMI sponsored “After the Flush,” a five-minute biosolids special feature created by the Water Environment Federation. WEF is a nonprofit technical and educational organization that has been working to solve water challenges and create a sustainable water future. They provide both water quality professionals and the general public with a variety of informative resources including projects, publications, workshops, and conferences.
“After the Flush” brings the public on the cyclical journey of biosolids, focusing on the environmental benefits of their re-use. Featuring interviews with farmers and community gardeners, as well as members of the Ocean Sewage Alliance, DC Water, and WEF, these environmental stewards advocate for the application of biosolids as a cost effective, nutrient rich fertilizer and endorse land application as a sustainable and responsible alternative to landfill disposal. The video highlights the benefits that recycling biosolids provides to communities, local economies, and the environment, including increased crop yields for farmers and gardeners and reduced carbon in the atmosphere.
As well as being shared on various online channels, the video was also featured on the award-winning public television program Viewpoint. By reaching a larger audience, and one likely to be less familiar with the subject matter, we are optimistic that this will result in increased support for the biosolids industry. Additionally, this project and others like it help connect audiences to the larger environmental picture and encourages consideration of our individual impact on a daily basis.
Throughout 2023, RMI will continue to support biosolids outreach efforts. We plan to collaborate with other members of the agricultural, environmental and water industries with the goal of working together towards a greener future.
Watch the Viewpoint special here: