Septic Tank Sludge Disposal


Old 11-28-04, 11:57 AM
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Septic Tank Sludge Disposal


How do I get rid of "dry" septic tank sludge?

I recently dug out the sludge from an "out of use" septic tank. The sludge is the consistency of moist dirt. It is black, sticky and greasy. I have about 2 cu yds (800 pounds).

Can I use it as land fill and put it back in the soil? Do I need to dry it out first and then roto-till it in? I suspect the nutrients make it a good soil amendment, but the texture is so fine, I feel it would clog the soil.

There is enough here to choke a horse. <grin>

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Old 11-28-04, 11:59 AM
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You could re-bury it somewhere (but not within 100' of a water well), or contact your Health Department for other approved methods of disposal or dispersal.
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