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New Florida Pelletization Plant Goes One Step Further

Houston, TX— A newly constructed state-of-the-art biosolids heat drying and pelletization facility is now providing service for Pinellas County, Florida and operating with environmentally friendly designs that recycle the wastewater, the air emissions, and the sewage sludge entering the plant.

The Florida facility was designed and built by a team led by Synagro Technologies Inc. and is seen as a model biosolids treatment concept by the many interested neighboring municipalities that have visited it recently. According to County Utilities Director, Pick Talley, "Pinellas County now has one of the most sophisticated wastewater facilities in the country. We are delighted to officially open this plant."

The facility is processing the biosolids within a contained building to reduce odors and also is treating the air emissions from the plant to allow for a "good neighbor" relationship between the County and surrounding residents. Further, the facility utilizes methane gas produced from other portions of the wastewater treatment process as a renewable energy source. Utilizing this methane helps reduce greenhouse gases.

The biosolids heat-drying pelletizer recently began operations after a formal acceptance of the project by the County, which followed their review of successful system performance tests conducted in March. Synagro was authorized to initiate the operations of the facility on April 24, 2003.

The Pinellas County operation is now converting dewatered biosolids into a Class AA fertilizer product (approximately 30 dry tons of Class AA biosolids are produced daily), which will be marketed by Synagro and distributed for commercial and residential use under the Granulite brand name. Synagro currently markets over 150,000 tons of Class AA pelletized biosolids annually.







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