The Dirt on Compost Made from Treated Sewage

The Dirt on Compost Made from Treated Sewage

Amber Byfield
Oct 7, 2009

Last weekend, tens of thousands of music-lovers descended on Austin, TX, to take part in the Austin City Limits Music Festival. The ACL Fest "went green" this year, and not just in an eco-wise way. The park where the festival is held underwent a grass makeover, nourished by Dillo Dirt: compost made with yard trimmings and treated sewage sludge. And guess what? Last weekend, it poured...

Dillo Dirt is made by the city of Austin. Concerned about the treated sewage part?

The heat generated in composting (130 to 170 degrees fahrenheit) is sufficient to virtually eliminate human and plant pathogens. After active composting for over a month, our compost is "cured" for several months, then screened to produce finished Dillo Dirt. Dillo Dirt easily meets all Texas and EPA requirements for "unrestricted" use, which even includes vegetable gardens, if you desire

Seeing as how folks were sliding around in the mud at ACL this year, they either knew that composting kills pathogens, or didn't know they were sliding around in human compost. Experts insist that the Dillo Dirt is totally safe.

The grass at Zilker Park is expected to grow back, and if anything, all those concert-goers now know that Dillo Dirt does in fact make lawns grow lush and beautiful.

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(Images: Kate Peoples and Tracy Machu.)

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