Sewage Sludge Industry Connections
Filtrexx uses only yard waste compost to create what the company refers to as "locally made, annually renewable, biobased, recycled compost and other organic materials, contained by our USA manufactured mesh containment system to create patented products used around the world." The company specializes in using yard waste compost and other recycled "organics" to prevent erosion.
Filtrexx openly acknowledges "partnerships"--whether that indicates funding or research collaboration is unclear--with many well-known proponents of growing food in yard waste compost website, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Composting Council, BioCycle Magazine and the USDA.
The U.S. Composting Council's "Using Compost" Video Promotes Yard Waste Compost
The video title "Using Compost for Landscape and Nursery Production" is "A production of the US Composting Council and the Rodale Institute, with partners R. Alexander Associates, Inc. and Rod Tyler of Filtrexx International." Funding apparently came from the United States Department of Agriculture (via USDA CSREES Grant 91-COOP-1-6159). Also involved is the University of Hawaii. It promotes making "compost" with sewage sludge, which in the video is called by the PR euphemism "biosolids."
USDA chief soil scientist Rufus Chaney is a long-standing advocate of putting sewage sludge on food-growing land. The closing credits report that the "compost" used in the video was "supplied by Lehigh County Office of Solid Waste Management Composting Facility and the Rodale Institute Experimental Farm."
Additional funds for this compost use video came from Houston-based Browning Ferris Industries, one of the nation's largest waste management companies. BFI companies are trademarked under the enormous waste management umbrella company, Allied Waste Industries. The majority of compost produced by Allied Waste is from yard waste, such as leaves, grass clippings, and brush from residential collections.
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- Filtrexx International: Company Profile | What Is Filtrexx?, 2010 Filtrexx International Website Accessed April 12, 2011.
- Filtrexx International: Research and Development, 2010 Filtrexx International Website Accessed April 12, 2011.
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