Waste Not, Want Not for Local Firm
PROCESS DEVELOPED AT UBC HELPS TURN SEWAGE INTO COMMERCIAL FERTILIZER
A Vancouver company’s business is down the drain and it couldn’t be happier.
Ostara Nutrient Recoveries Technologies Inc. has completed successful trials of a new technology developed at the University of British Columbia that turns environmentally harmful nutrients in sewage sludge into a marketable commercial fertilizer.
The company’s first major customer is the City of Edmonton, where Ostara’s system will be used at an Edmonton sewage plant that treats the waste of 200,000 residents.
The technology’s most recent trials were completed at the Nansemond sewage treatment plant in Suffolk, Virginia, between October 2005 and March 2007.
It’s a simple solution for a problem that has existed at sewage plants for years, said Ostara CEO and president Philip Abrary.
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