The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Business

December 31, 2012

Kansas City making money from sewer sludge

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City government is being praised for its innovative approach to getting rid of the tons of sewer sludge produced every year.

The city uses the sludge to fertilize 1,340 acres it owns along the Missouri River near the Birmingham wastewater treatment plant. The crops grown using the sewer sludge are sold to make biofuel, meaning none of the crops are intended for human consumption.

The Kansas City Star reports the farm has made $2.1 million in net income for the city during the past six years.

Tenant farmers raised the crops until 2006, when the city took over the farming.

Tammy Zborel, of the National League of Cities, praised Kansas City’s approach. She says it’s not common for cities to become involved in that level of farming.

 

1
Text Only
Business
Poll

Given that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that electronic devices and communications are protected from searches and seizure without a warrant, do you think Missouri needs Amendment 9 added to its constitution?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
NDN Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow