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Nutri-Green is a Virginia Beach, VA product sold as compost but made from sewage sludge.[1] Hundreds of communities across the U.S. sell toxic sludge products that are typically renamed biosolids and sold or given away as "fertilizer" or "compost" (and often even labeled or marketed as "natural" or "organic"). Nutri-Green is marketed as a "natural soil conditioner."[2] It is sold in bulk and in 40-pound bags at garden centers.[3] Nutri-Green is marketed for use on lawns, flower beds, vegetable gardens, ornamental trees and shrubs, and in potting soil.

According to one website:[4]

"Two biosolids product are marketed under the Nutri-Green name by the Hampton Roads Sanitary District in Virginia Beach, Virginia. One product is a biosolids compost which has a marketing program that is focused on retail outlets, trade shows and coops. The sanitary district also provides anaerobically-digested biosolids to local agriculture. This program has more than 7,000 private farmland acres enrolled in it. Only 1,000 to 1,500 acres are applied each year."

Currently, Nutri-Green is made at the McGill Environmental Systems facility "at its privately run composting center outside of Waverly in Sussex County," according to an April 2011 Virginian-Pilot article. However, the Hampton Roads Sanitation District wishes to begin producing its own Nutri-Green sewage sludge compost, given that the McGill facility is 60 miles away from the sanitation districts' sewage treatment plants. The agency has proposed a $45 million composting center.

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  1. Branded products containing sewage sludge, SludgeNews Website accessed June 3, 2010.
  2. Nutri-Green Compost, Hampton Roads Sanitation District website, Accessed November 13, 2010.
  3. About Nutri-Green, Hampton Roads Sanitation District website, Accessed November 13, 2010.
  4. Metropolitan Council - U.S. Biosolids Scene, Accessed November 12, 2010.
  5. About Nutri-Green, Hampton Roads Sanitation District website, Accessed November 13, 2010.

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Scott Harper, Hampton Roads Sanitation District plans $45M compost center, The Virginian-Pilot, April 19, 2011. Article accessed April 19, 2011.

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