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Abstract/Description: A method of treating sludge to provide a stable product for use as a beneficial soil or fertilize for agricultural lands is disclosed which includes the steps of: (a) mixing sludge with at least one alkaline material in an amount sufficient to raise pH of the mixture to a level of at least 12 and to increase percent of solids in the mixture to at least 40% by weight, and such that odorant sludge organics and inorganics are bound to adsorbent particles of the alkaline material, (b) aerating and drying the mixture by agitation and heating to stabilize the mixture and increase the percent solids to at least 50% by weight, and (c) pasteurizing the dried mixture at a temperature at or above 52 [degrees Celsius]. by application of heat resulting from an exothermic reaction of the alkaline material with water in the sludge, wherein said step (b) is carried out in a mechanical means selected from the group from the group consisting of a drum dryer, a pelletizer, and a fluidized bed apparatus, and wherein the heat applied for drying in said step (b) reduces the amount of additional heat required for pasteurization in said step (c) thereby reducing the amount of alkaline material needed for said exothermic reaction.
Subject(s): 210/609
Date Issued: 1998-12-29