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WTD Resource Recovery hosts visitor from Down Under to share our Biosolids expertise

By May 17, 2019November 9th, 2021No Comments

King County Wastewater Treatment Division recently welcomed a visit from our wastewater treatment counterparts Watercare who serve Auckland, New Zealand🇳🇿. Their resource recovery manager Rob Tinholt, visited us to learn about our biosolids program. They’re developing their own resource recovery program and wanted to tap our resource recovery expertise so that Auckland could benefit from using biosolids agriculturally in addition to recovering biogas during wastewater treatment to use as an energy source. Currently, most of Watercare’s biosolids go into landfills. We hope our friends from down under are able use our insights to pursue their own robust program that’ll help protect and enhance the environment and beauty of New Zealand (Middle-earth included🧝‍♂️🧝‍♀️).

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Rob Tiholt from Watercare of New Zealand 🇳🇿 (left) chatting with Ben Axt, WTD Resource Recovery, about how our biosolids are applied programmatically at Snoqualmie Tree Farm

King County’s Resource Recovery Biosolids Program manages the distribution and use of Loop, the name of our nutrient-rich organic biosolids product created by recycling the poop 💩 in the county’s wastewater. Loop is a natural soil builder and endlessly renewable resource that returns carbon and nutrients to the land. Here in the Pacific Northwest, Loop is used to build forest soils and to provide nutrients for trees 🌲 on commercial tree 🌱 farms in east King County, so they grow faster and more resilient. Healthy forests don’t just help nature, they also help us fight climate change, give us a place to hike and play, and support our local economy. For more information on Loop, how it’s made, and how it can turn your dirt around, please visit:…/wastewa…/resource-recovery.aspx #biosolidsgetresults @loopforyoursoil #kcwtdresourcerecovery