Biosolids

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Biosolids Distribution Program

Biosolids Cubic Yards

This visual example of biosolids can help you decide how much you will need for your landscape project.

Biosolids, a byproduct of the process of wastewater purification at the Wastewater Treatment Center, is highly recommended for use in flower beds, lawns, shrubs, hedges, and other landscaping. The biosolids are stockpiled for one to two years and then pulverized to provide a product that is easily incorporated into the soil.

The high organic content of biosolids enhances soil workability and water retention capacity. The substantial nutrient content will help supply plant needs for nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

The District delivers biosolids free of charge in quantities from as small as three cubic yards to much larger quantities. Smaller quantities can be picked up at the District’s biosolids pickup station on Curtiss Street near Katrine Avenue (west of Belmont Road). This pickup station is operated in conjunction with a Village of Downers Grove pickup facility for mulch, which can also be used for landscaping. The station is open for pickup of either biosolids or wood chips every day of the year from dawn to dusk, Monday through Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Residents are welcome to take the amounts they need using their own transport and containers.

This public distribution program not only provides a quality soil conditioning product, but also offers a cost-effective biosolids disposal alternative for the District and its residents. We urge you to utilize biosolids in your landscaping projects. Call the District office during business hours at (630) 969-0664 to schedule a delivery.

Biosolids Brochure Biosolids Handbook

Customers requesting delivery of large quantities (over 25 cubic yards) are asked to fill out our Biosolids Information Sheet.
Information Sheet

Biosolids Delivery Program Questionnaire

We are always seeking feedback on our biosolids delivery program. We have an online survey form available here to collect your comments and suggestions. If you have taken delivery of biosolids from us, please take a moment to complete and electronically submit the following form.

Questionnaire

Biosolids Delivery User Credit

The Downers Grove Sanitary District offers a user credit to our sewer system customers who take delivery of
biosolids from us for their landscaping needs. Features of this program are:

  • Limited to once each year.
  • All buildings connected to Downers Grove Sanitary District system are eligible.
  • One $5.00 credit per service address.
  • Credit is applied to the account where the biosolids were delivered.
  • Credit is applied after delivery is made.
  • No credit for biosolids taken from pickup station.
  • No credit for biosolids delivered to property not served by the District, even if delivery is requested by a District customer.

Contact our office to arrange for this win-win program today.

Quality Control

Our biosolids product is carefully regulated by us with oversight from the Environmental Protection Agency to assure a consistently high level of quality control.

Our permits obtained from the State of Illinois, with authority from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, hold us to strict standards for biosolids quality. We routinely test and analyze our biosolids product using approved testing procedures, and regularly report the results of those tests to the EPA as part of our quality control program.

We also run a comprehensive industrial pretreatment program to ensure that any industrial discharges into the sewer system are free from contaminants that might impact the quality of our biosolids. Industrial users are issued permits by the District to discharge into the sewers. These permits limit the amount of contaminants that may be discharged into the sewers. Regular monitoring and control of industrial discharges are required under the industrial pretreatment program. The industrial pretreatment program is run with the approval and oversight of the EPA.

Sewer Problems? Call (630) 969-0664
Our technicians are available at all hours to help you.

Contact Information

2710 Curtiss Street
P.O. Box 1412
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515-0703

Phone: (630) 969-0664
Fax: (630) 969-0827

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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