Anyone who is interested in the free Class A biosolids can pick it up at the treatment plant
The treatment plant is located at 3001 Meadowbrook Road in Murrysville, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays between the hours of 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Truck load quantities are available. For those with questions, the office phone number is 724-327-1950.
As of July 1, 2011, the Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority was permitted by the Department of Environmental Protection to produce exceptional quality Class A biosolids for beneficial uses by land application. The Authority will be giving away the Class A biosolids to be used as fertilizer. Biosolids are nutrient-rich organic materials resulting from the treatment of domestic sewage in a treatment facility. When treated and processed, these residuals can be recycled and applied as fertilizer to improve and maintain productive soils and stimulate plant growth.
Exceptional quality Class A biosolids produced by the Authority are thermally treated sewage sludge. These biosolids are carefully treated and monitored and must be used in accordance with regulatory requirements.
Class A biosolids are used to fertilize fields for raising crops. Agricultural use of biosolids, that meet strict quality criteria and application rates, have been shown to produce significant improvements in crop growth and yield. Nutrients found in biosolids, such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and trace elements such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, sulfur and zinc, are necessary for crop production and growth. The use of biosolids reduces the farmer's production costs and replenishes the organic matter that has been depleted over time. The organic matter improves soil structure by increasing the soil's ability to absorb and store moisture.
Class A biosolids may be composted and sold or distributed for use on lawns and home gardens. Most biosolids composts, are highly desirable products that are easy to store, transport and use.