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Commerce Township will implement advanced biosolids processing technology to divert more than 3,500 tonnes of biosolids annually from landfills through the LysteGro Class A biosolids fertilizer program.

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CAMBRIDGE, Ontario and COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich., July 12. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Charter Township of Commerce, Michigan, has awarded Lystek International (Lystek) a design-build contract to implement a sustainable Class A biosolids resource recovery program at the Commerce Wastewater Treatment (WWTP). This facility is operated by the Oakland County Water Resources Commission (WRC).

The Commerce treatment plant currently treats approximately 2.5 million gallons per day (MGD) of municipal wastewater and has an authorized capacity of 8.5 MGD. The sewage treatment plant serves the majority of Commerce Township as well as parts of White Lake Township, Wolverine Lake Village, West Bloomfield Township and the Town of Novi. The treatment plant’s biosolids management program currently relies on off-site disposal to a local landfill. The cost of landfilling has increased dramatically over the past decade, with an average annual increase of more than 30% since the dewatering program was implemented. These cost increases have caused the Township to question the viability of this program.

Lystek’s award-winning thermal hydrolysis technology, Lystek THP®, will replace the township’s current reliance on unsustainable landfill disposal with the production of LysteGro® Class A biosolid fertilizers. This sustainable biosolids management program will provide the township with long-term cost certainty while reducing the program’s carbon footprint. Lystek THP is a patented process and the only proven technology available on the market that will produce high solids Class A liquid biosolid fertilizer from undigested raw materials.

The Lystek THP module will be installed within the existing building space with minimal impact to the surrounding infrastructure. Implementation of Lystek THP downstream of dewatering operations will build on previous capital investments at the treatment plant. These include the existing belt filter presses, dewatering building and liquid biosolids storage tanks. This technology presents an affordable solution that is energy efficient and requires no additional operator beyond the existing staff. This minimizes capital and operating expenses associated with the project and improves overall project savings which are expected to be in the tens of millions over the life of the project.

In response to the township’s desire to implement a more sustainable program, the township’s engineering firm, Giffels Webster, conducted an assessment of alternatives. Lystek was engaged by Giffels Webster in the summer of 2021 to complete the 30% design phase required for permit application with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE). This design phase was carried out in collaboration with the Oakland County WRC operations and engineering teams. EGLE issued permits for the project in April 2022 and construction activities are expected to begin in summer 2022.

The LysteGro Class A biosolids program will improve operations over the Class B dilute liquid biosolids program operated in the past. Lystek technology will significantly reduce biosolids volumes, increase the capacity of existing liquid storage tanks, eliminate the need for mixing and cleaning activities in storage, and reduce the associated transportation frequency and land application costs. The concentrated nature of LysteGro liquid biosolids will improve field operations with less water applied per acre, an improved nutrient profile with the addition of potassium, and compatibility with precision agriculture compared to traditional land application programs. low solids liquid biosolids.

“The Lystek system will provide Commerce Township with an environmentally friendly option for managing the biosolids that currently occupy landfill space. As this is a design-build project, the township agreed to the final costs of the project after permits were obtained. The Lystek team, the WRC team and Giffels Webster have worked together over the past year to finalize a design that will fully integrate the existing infrastructure. Lystek will also take care of biosolids management once the system is operational. – Jason Mayer, Partner, Giffels Webster

“We look forward to working with Lystek and Giffels Webster to design this project. This environmental project will help reduce landfill waste and the risks associated with transporting this type of material. The Lystek system will ultimately help reduce the cost of our wastewater treatment plant for future generations, without increasing wastewater rates. – Larry Gray, Commerce Township Supervisor

About Lystek

Lystek International is North America’s leading provider of thermal hydrolysis solutions for the sustainable management of biosolids and organics, serving more than 55 public and private customers. Lystek THP® converts dewatered biosolids and non-hazardous organic waste into a high solids, multi-purpose liquid product for full resource recovery. These products and processes include the LysteMize® process for optimizing anaerobic digestion and biogas production; LysteCarb®, an alternative carbon source for BNR systems; and LysteGro®, a nutrient-rich biosolid fertilizer. LysteGro is a high solids (13-16% total solids) Class A liquid biosolid fertilizer that is easily stored, transported and applied using conventional liquid handling equipment and is regulated as fertilizer product in Canada and the State of California. Lystek offers turnkey solutions that include technology supply, design-build and installation services, regional processing solutions, and comprehensive LysteGro product management.

For more information please contact:

Lystek Corporate Office: 226-444-0186 Toll Free: 888-501-6508

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