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Lakeland study considers turning human waste into fertilizer [Video]

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The six-month study will consider whether it’s worth it for Lakeland to build a $20 million composting plant.

LAKELAND, Fla. — The city of Lakeland is thinking about getting into the fertilizer business — and using tons of human waste it already collects to do it.

Commissioners recently voted to spend $120,000 on a six-month study to see if it’s worth constructing a composting facility with the idea of turning the waste into something far more profitable.

The board voted unanimously to hire Tampa-based GeoSyntech Consultants to perform the six-month study into whether it’s worth building a $20 million composting plant to turn human waste into valuable fertilizer.

“The analysis will include a cost-benefit evaluation, taking into account initial set-up costs,” Assistant City Attorney Alex Landback said.

The facility would combine human waste — or biosolids — with yard waste, creating a nutrient-rich soil mix.

Lakeland produces about 230 tons of biosolids each month. Some of it is already …

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