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What is a Biosolids Environmental Management System?

The City achieved the NBP BMP platinum certification status in November 2013. This status designates that the City has maintained the highest standards possible for biosolids management and environmental stewardship.
The City achieved the NBP BMP platinum certification status in November 2013. This status designates that the City has maintained the highest standards possible for biosolids management and environmental stewardship.

A Biosolids Environmental Management System (EMS) is a program developed by the National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) to improve the quality of biosolids management programs nationwide and to promote public acceptance of biosolids use and disposal practices. In 2002, the City of Los Angeles implemented a Biosolids EMS to meet one of its program goals that was adopted in the Biosolids Policy by the Mayor and City Council in 2000. The biosolids EMS is a management tool utilized by the City to document regulatory compliance requirements and best management practices for biosolids, and to gain public confidence and acceptance in its biosolids beneficial use program.

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what are biosolids...

Biosolids are the nutrient–rich organic byproducts resulting from wastewater treatment. Biosolids are not raw human waste and do not include ash from incinerators, grit and screenings collected during preliminary treatment of wastewater, industrial residues, municipal solid waste, or hazardous waste. Biosolids can take several forms, including a liquid, a rich moist soil, a dried pellet, or compost. Biosolids, when used according to regulations, are safe and can be used as a soil amendment, a fertilizer, as an ingredient in compost, or as an energy source.

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We are preparing for our annual audit and invite you to participate in the process. You may participate by reviewing and commenting on the draft scope of work, being interviewed as an interested party, observing the audit, or reviewing the final results.  If you would like to be involved in the audit process please contact us at the information included below. We value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. Click here to view audit scope.

 




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  • Our Program
    The City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation is responsible for collection, treatment, and disposal of wastewater and its by-product, biosolids. The City produced over 245,000 tons of biosolids in 2014 that were beneficially reused. On these pages you can learn more about the City’s Biosolids Management Program and the environmental management system that we have implemented to help us continually improve.
  • Program Performance
    Find out what the City is doing to produce a product that is environmentally sound and acceptable for beneficial use. View regulatory compliance reports, environmental improvements, and program audit findings and results.
  • Managing Our Biosolids
    Learn about biosolids management options and technologies used by the City and options and proposals that are being considered for the future.
  • Learn More
    To obtain more information about the Biosolids Management Program and get involved: download fact sheets and brochures, request videos, participate in tours and audits and get on the interested party list.
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contact For more information, call
(310) 648-5877
or send your questions and comments to
San.BiosolidsEMS@lacity.org

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