Biosolids for Land Application

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New Digester Complex Coming Soon!

In 2019, the City of Shelby Digester Complex will start producing a biosolids product that is a soil nutrient for farm land. Farm land is needed for the City to apply this biosolids product. The City will be looking for 1,000 to 1,200 acres total to be permitted.

farm land 
  • Soil analysis each year
  • Lime for land that does not meet the pH requirements
  • State and EPA regulated of what goes on the farmland.
  • Dewatered class B cake product

Farmland needed:

  • Pastures
  • Hay fields

Biosolids: A no cost and healthy environmental way to treat farmland grass fields and feed crops.



Basic Information about Biosolids

  • The term sewage sludge is used in EPA regulations that establish a protective regulatory framework to manage the use and disposal of sewage sludge.
  • The terms biosolids and sewage sludge are often used interchangeably.
  • When properly treated and processed, sewage sludge becomes biosolids which are nutrient-rich organic materials produced from wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Biosolids can be recycled and applied as fertilizer to improve and maintain productive soils and stimulate plant growth.
  • Effective sewage sludge and biosolids management options help ensure that useful materials are recycled on land and harmful materials are not released to water bodies



If you are an interested in participating or would like more information, contact:

 Nelson Jenkins, Plant Operator III/Land Application Coordinator


First Broad River Wastewater Treatment Facility

1940 S Lafayette Street, Shelby, NC 28152

(PO Box 207, Shelby, NC 28151-0207)

Phone: 704-484-6850 * Fax: 704-484-6872