The Sludge Industry

Sludge Management

Approximately 50% of wastewater treatment operations and management budgets go to the management of sewage sludge. This includes paying private corporations such as Waste Management and Casella to truck sludge away from wastewater treatment plants and dispose of it on farmland or in landfills.

In addition to trucking sludge, the sludge industry is engaged in pelletizing, drying, and other processing of sewage sludge, none of which renders the final material, referred to as biosolids, safe. This is a multi-billion dollar business.