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New Clean Water Services facility in Hillsboro turns waste into gold

The Oregonian
Several dozen elected officials and business leaders turned out Tuesday for the unveiling of technology developed by a Canadian company capable of turning waste from more than 500,000 Washington County residents into 1,200 tons of high-grade, phosphorus-rich fertilizer annually.

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler, Ostara board member Robert Kennedy Jr., Ostara CEO Phillip Abrary and Washington County Commissioner Andy Duyck inspect newly pelletized fertilizer Tuesday at Clean Water Services' Rock Creek Advanced Treatment Facility. Ostara, a Canadian company, is partnering with the public agency in the $4.5 million effort, which is expected to pay for itself within six years.

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