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Re: Garbage Diposals & Dishwashers -Reply

There's a sewage composting facility not far from my house.  If you bring
a bucket they will give you free nightsoil.  I don't know how rare such a
facility is in the U.S.  They had some trouble with occasional odors for a
while but lately things have improved (along with some new management).  I
don't know if they've been very successful in marketing their product but
I suspect that the local sod growers and professional landscapers are
snapping it up (so to speak). 

The troubling thing to me about this is that materials that don't belong 
in a yard find their way into the sewer.  

But at least in our case, the sewage sludge isn't being landfilled.

 Kirsten Sinclair Rosselot, P.E.                   Process Profiles 
                                                      P.O. Box 8264 
 1-818-878-0454                            Calabasas, CA 91372-8264
 rosselot@netcom.com                                         U.S.A.

> > I would concur that composting or feeding animals would 
> likely be at the top of a food waste hierarchy. Would
> landfilling be preferable to garbage disposals? If the sludge is
> landfilled,  is there ultimately any difference between the
> two?
> However, I have often thought about the vast system of
> sewage piping already in place all across the country
> connecting most homes to a waste processing facility
> (POTW).  The infrastructure is already in place. The
> possibilities are interesting.
> I suspect the problem would be this: POTWs are probably
> not set up to handle the volume of solids that would occur if
> we all decided to maximize what we put in the disposal. So if
> we wanted to utilize this infrastructure, we would have to
> spend massive amounts of money to increase the capacity
> of POTWs. Then we still have the question of what to do with
> the sludge after the processing.