Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) June 02, 2012
Trusted by professionals since 1926, the first pelletized fertilizer in the United States, Milorganite, can now add sales of 9 billion pounds to its success story. That’s enough Milorganite to:
- Wrap around the earth 3.8 times
- Fertilize 78 million lawns
- Lap the Daytona International Speedway 10,000 times
Created by Pioneers in Water Reclamation
Milorganite’s unique history began with Milwaukee’s goal to clean up its rivers and Lake Michigan. The city became the first in the country to use microscopic organisms, or bugs, to clean wastewater. In the early 1920’s agronomist and turf expert, O.J. Noer found that the available nitrogen in these bugs resembled high grade organic nitrogenous fertilizers and gave superior growth results compared to manures and chemical fertilizers of the time. Thus began the inception of Milorganite as the first pelletized N-P-K (Nitrogen-Phosphorous-Potassium) fertilizer marketed and sold in the United States.
A Long Standing Commitment to Sustainability
Some communities choose to landfill the organisms used in wastewater treatment. Instead, Milwaukee figured out how to safely reuse the microbes that make up Milorganite by squeezing the water out of the bugs, drying, and pelletizing.
Leading in sustainability has been fundamental to how Milorganite has operated for over 85 years. Through our products, services, operations and community involvement, we promote the efficient use of resources to benefit all people and our planet. The environment and sustainability are key elements of our business. We’ve been recycling for over 85 years, making us one of the nation’s oldest recyclers.
“Man-made” synthetic fertilizers depend on the petroleum industry, using fossil fuels as a key input. Milorganite contains no petroleum products. In fact, the facility where Milorganite is made will soon get the majority of its power from landfill gas and exploration continues for additional alternative energy sources. The landfill gas project will significantly reduce the amount of natural gas and electricity needed to make our fertilizer, fitting in with our mission to create value where others see waste.
Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Milorganite products are manufactured and marketed by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), a regional government agency that provides water reclamation and flood management services for about 1.1 million customers in 28 communities in the Greater Milwaukee Area. Since 1926 Milorganite has been a world leader in supplying Organic Nitrogen fertilizer for professional and residential use. While revenue generated through the sale of Milorganite products does not make up for the entire cost to produce and market, our belief in beneficial reuse and recycling makes producing our value added products the clear choice.
For more information on Milorganite and for lawn and gardening tips, visit our NEW website http://www.milorganite.com.