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BENEFICIAL BIOSOLIDS USE 

 

Board/executive management policy created, advocating beneficial biosolids use 

 

Business case evaluation conducted for beneficial biosolids use program 

 

Marketing plan for products created 

 

Participation in or certification in National Biosolids Partnership or ISO programs 

 

Public involvement and education activities related to public acceptance and support of 
beneficial biosolids use 

The City of Tacoma biosolids program (TAGRO) recycles all of the biosolids produced in Tacoma.  The 
majority of the biosolids are used by local gardeners. TAGRO had nearly 7000 paying customers in 2015 
and brought in over $500,000 in revenue to the City.  

TAGRO partners with Pierce Conservation District, Pierce County Public Works and Metro Parks Tacoma 
to promote, create and manage community gardens and community gardening.  This program has 
resulted in 76 community gardens in the county.  Virtually all of these community gardens use biosolids 
products.   

TAGRO developed three value-added lawn and garden products and has developed strong local markets 
for all three.  

Performance Measures & Results 

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Percent of biosolids beneficially reused 100% 

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Gross revenue from Biosolids sales 

$564,652 

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Number of Customers served annually  6809 

  

COMMUNITY PARTNERING & ENGAGEMENT 

 

Partnerships in place with one or more community organizations, with specific name given to 
partnership and objectives for the partnership established (e.g., a formalized partnership among 
community transportation, parks, and land use organizations for the incorporation of green 
infrastructure to reduce flooding and overflows)  

 

Participation in projects with neighborhood groups/stakeholders to create recreational 
opportunities and community assets (e.g., parks, enhanced public space)  

 

Use of a Triple Bottom Line approach, including engagement with stakeholders, to analyze 
growth planning alternatives, considering financial, social, and environmental costs and benefits  

 

Participation in regular meetings with community stakeholders and offering of environmental 
education opportunities (e.g., river walks)  

 

Web presence established with social media engagement 

Stakeholder engagement meetings with craft brewing industry 

Monthly meetings with Community Garden Steering Committee 

EnviroChallenger Education Program: Elementary and middle school programs  

Green Tacoma Partnership:  Monthly meeting with community stakeholders on environmental issues