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Saratoga Biochar Solutions (SBS) provides the most sustainable use of biosolids to the benefit of human health and the environment.  

Waste Not.
Recovering Resources Responsibly.

We provide an “essential service” that alleviates a growing problem.

We provide an “essential substitute” for harmful chemical fertilizers.

We provide an “essential GHG reduction.”

The most sustainable use of biosolids to the benefit of human health and the environment. 

Transforms dirty industries into green industries.

  • Provides a substitute for biosolids waste disposal. 
  • Provides a substitute for chemical fertilizers.  

Manufactures bio fertilizers responsibly.

  • Recovers resources to the greatest extent possible. 
  • Eliminates PFAS and other contaminants. 
  • Reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • Reduces harmful, regulated air emissions. 

Sequesters carbon in soil where it is needed.

  • Reduces fertilizer consumption. 
  • Reduces nutrient pollution in waterways. 

The Biosolids Problem is Getting Worse

  • Biosolids disposal is a major source of GHG emissions and a material cost to New Yorkers. 

  • The biosolids disposal problem in NY is getting worse with no inexpensive solution in sight. 

  • We create a “beneficial use” byproduct that destroys PFAS and other contaminants. 

  • We solve a costly problem that local governments have with biosolids disposal.

  • Biosolids recycling options are becoming constrained by their contaminants.

Waste Not: How We Solve the Biosolids Problem

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Environmentally friendliest biosolids disposal solution.
  • Destroys PFAS, VOCs, microplastics, pathogens, and other contaminants in biosolids. 
  • Achieves lowest emissions of any biosolids disposal method that remediates PFAS.  
  • Reduces GHG emissions from biosolids disposal and chemical fertilizer manufacturing.
  • Sequesters beneficial carbon in soil where it is needed. 
Low emissions and air treatment are vital to our success.

Ensuring our air emissions are safe, our GHG emissions are low, and our odors are impeccably managed are the primary factors that will determine our success with public utilities.

SBS employs benchmark air treatment to protect human health and our reputation. 

  • Building Design – Contains fugitive odor from biosolids receiving and processing.
  • Pyrolysis – Separates PFAS and contaminants from biosolids. 
  • Thermal Oxidation – Staged combustion reduces NOx and removes PFAS and contaminants.
  • High-efficiency Dry Cyclones – Recover most of the dried material. 
  • Wet Venturi Scrubber – Removes the remaining fine particles.  
  • Hydrated Lime Scrubber – Removes sulfur dioxide (SO₂) and neutralize odor compounds.
  • Ammonia Scrubber – Removes ammonia (NH₄) odors.
  • Dual-stage Bio-scrubbers – Polishes odors and further removesSO₂.
Remediates PFAS and contaminants.

Biosolids have traces of many contaminants, including PFAS, that must be remediated.

  • Pharmaceutical products, micro-plastics, hormones, cleaners, oils, fats, greases, VOCs and many other contaminants that make their way into sewage. 
  • These contaminants make it through the drying stage of our competitors and are present in all dried biosolids products that are currently sold and distributed nation-wide (i.e., Milorganite).  
  • In the SBS process, these contaminants are separated from the solids in the pyrolysis stage.
  • Once in a gaseous form these contaminants are quickly destroyed by thermal oxidation. 

Pyrolysis is a decontamination technology that works extremely well with biosolids.

  • Dried biosolids are heated in an oxygen-free environment at over 1,100°F for up to 30 minutes which causes even the toughest contaminants to separate and become part of the syngas.  
  • Syngas is kept hot for the several seconds of its existence to ensure molecules don’t start reconnecting and forming air emissions.
  • PFAS compounds are liberated from solids into a volatile gas state where they are destroyed by thermal oxidation (>1,600°F).  
  • Syngas is thermally oxidized in stages to achieve the lowest NOx emissions possible.

Pyrolysis has been similarly used to remediate soil contaminants for decades, albeit without the advanced air treatment solution that we employ.


Advantages of Carbon Fertilizer™

Carbon Fertilizer™ is a revolutionary bio-fertilizer made entirely from wasted bio-resources that is designed to sequester carbon and rejuvenate soils.

Made in USA from American organic matter, carbon and nutrients.

Sequesters its weight in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when applied to soil.

Produced from biosolids and wood waste.

Biosolids contaminants are fully remediated.


Slowly releases nutrients “as needed.”

Decreases nutrient runoff/losses.

Virtually impossible to over-fertilize. 

Increases soil moisture and nutrient retention.

Increases soil carbon. 

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The SBS Facility

The SBS Facility located in upstate New York is designed to process 15% of New York’s biosolids and turn it into Carbon Fertilizer that restores soil.

Climate Friendly Process remediates PFAS and other contaminants that constrain biosolids beneficial use in agriculture and soil products.

Produces ultra-low air and odor emissions that meet NYS Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) requirements and environmental justice considerations.

Helps solve New York State’s Biosolids Disposal Problem. 

Provides a Climate Change Tool that helps New York meet its ambitious climate change goals.

New York State’s Biosolids Problem

The SBS Facility substantially reduces NYS’s biosolids disposal problem by providing an in-state beneficial-use solution that meets New York’s rigorous environmental laws and regulations and helps achieve the State’s ambitious climate change goals. 

Biosolids generation already outpaces disposal capacity making NYS the largest net exporter of biosolids nationally.

Over 68% of biosolids are landfilled with an increasing amount destined for out-of-state landfills. 

NYS biosolids disposal options are declining as landfills and incinerators reach their end of life. 

NYS PFAS regulations further constrain recycling methods which beneficially utilize the nutrients and organic matter in biosolids.

NYS Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) promotes diverting biosolids from landfills, limiting biosolids acceptance in landfills, and reducing environmental injustices associated with odors and air emissions from biosolids disposal and recycling.

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