The biosolids removed during the wastewater treatment process are not put to waste; rather, they are concentrated using gravity thickeners and stabilized by being mixed with alkaline and lime materials. The end result is a natural organic fertilizer and liming agent called Meadow Life. The Authority is able to recycle these biosolids and return important nutrients back to the earth, yet another way the Authority is committed to preserving our environment.
Meadow Life can be used in a wide range of applications to enhance soils. It is rich in a number of beneficial nutrients and minerals, including calcium, nitrogen, potassium, magnesium, sulfur and phosphorus, and is also a source of organic material that will enrich the soil. It is low in heavy metals and meets the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s 503 regulations for an exceptional quality material, which means there are no restrictions on usage.
Beyond enriching soil, Meadow Life has been shown to raise pH levels, increase crop yields and lower fertilizer costs. It can be used as a lime for farm fields, as an organic ingredient for topsoil, and as the ideal fertilizer for reclaiming mined lands, gravel pits or other depleted soils. Meadow Life is also great for lawns and gardens. It is easy and safe to use and store.
Meadow Life is part of the Authority’s recycling program. It is covered by product liability insurance and is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for all agricultural and landscaping applications. The New Jersey Department of Agriculture licenses Meadow Life as a fertilizer and liming agent.