Skip to comments.Toronto's Sewage: Many Unhappy Returns Tales from the Fertilizer Field
Posted on 01/05/2005 9:34:07 AM PST by MikeEdwards
Want to purchase some locally produced, organic fertilizer for you garden? Unfortunately it contains arsenic, lead and mercury amongst other interesting additives. And it may spontaneously explode and burn while in storage. Not interested? Then how about buying acclaimed Foodland Ontario vegetables and fruit, grown on a less refined version of the same natural fertilizer?
These are not available at present, as Torontos sewage pelletizer, which made the fertilizer, burned down in July 2003. And biosolids cake, the less processed poop, is not exactly popular with the provinces farmers. But they could be coming soon to a store near you, if Toronto Deputy Mayor, Councillor Sandra Bussins wishes come to pass.
Torontos problem is that it is likely soon to become buried in a monstrous mountain of processed sewage. While the rest of the country might feel this to be only fitting, Torontonians think otherwise. Up to 2002, the stuff was burnt at incinerators in the Ashbridges Bay Processing Plant in the citys tony East End Beaches area which just so happens to be Bussins bailiwick.
"They were at their 40-year mark and it was recognized that they werent burning accurately," she said last October "What happens is there is an abundance of heavy metals and dioxins coming out of the stacks and that was the case here."
So Sandra, who has been christened Biosolids Bussin by some irreverent locals, was behind a spanking new $23-million state-of-the-art pelletizer. The idea was to turn half of T.O.s annual 65,000 tonnes of processed sewage into marble-sized brown pellets, to be sold as fertilizer to gardeners and farmers. Toronto Parks doesnt want anything to do with the stuff, though. . . . .
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It seems to me that there are regs in the US that prohibit the use of human waste for fertilizing crops that are going to be eaten by people. If so, wouldn't that be the case in Canada as well?
They can keep their sewage and mad cow up north!! Where it belongs they act like they know what is best for people south of them but still do stupid things to themselves. Not all Canadians act this way but it sure seem the leaders do to a large extent.
Don't we take enough s*#t from them already? Next, France will shipping their fecal matter over here.
Don't eat Mexican tomatoes.
UNPROCESSED/RAW human waste. Once it has been treated, it's no different from any other fertilizer. The BS about it containing "arsenic, lead and mercury" is very misleading, as EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE, contains a few atoms of every element in the periodic table. The key thing is "how much is there?" and is it enough to be dangerous.
Thanks, but are you sure? Because I thought the regs prohibited even processed human waste from being used?
It's the concentrations.
Well, that "is" the point. What "are" the concentrations?? Since the material being processed is pretty much entirely human excrement, it should have the pretty much the same concentration(s) of heavy metals as the human body does. If not, what is the source of the extra.
To simply say "contains arsenic, mercury and lead" is the worst kind of "begging the point".
Treat and dry a pound of excrement, is a lot less than a pound of fresh excrement, which in itself,
started out with a few pounds of raw material. So, in effect, a pound of the fertilzer end
product has a greater concentration of whatever than the original food.
But yes, exactly what are the concentrations, and at what approximate level do they start to have
negative health effects.
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