Lystek International, the biosolids and organics solutions firm from Cambridge, Ontario, has announced that its set to surpass 1 million tons of LysteGro biofertilzer sold and responsibly managed by the end of 2019.
The company leverages its low temperature thermal hydrolysis process (Lystek THP®) and value-added service offerings to manage the requirements of a growing number of generators of biosolids and organic residuals across North America. Solutions are provided through Lystek’s numerous in-plant deployments and two, large regional processing centers in Ontario, Canada and California, United States. Each regional facility has an annual processing capacity of 150,000 tons per year and the collective of all Lystek-enabled treatment plants now totals over 395,000 tons annually. As part of its unique approach, Lystek has been expanding its offerings and providing end-to end resource recovery and product management services to the sector since 2012.
For example, in the town of Elora (Township of Centre Wellington), Ontario, Lystek has built a strong and growing market for LysteGro, selling 100% of the product into the local farm sector since the program officially launched in 2016. This program focuses on producing a high quality, federally registered fertilizer product that Lystek markets to area farmers. Growing demand for LysteGro has led to steadily increasing product prices and, due to the revenue sharing model between Centre Wellington and Lystek, returns have outpaced inflation and reduced the municipality’s biosolids management costs in recent years. By the third application season the customer saw a decrease in the costs of its program.
Meanwhile, Lystek has also built a strong and growing market for the LysteGro product produced at the 150,000 ton per year, regional organic material recovery center it owns and operates in the Township of Southgate, Ontario. In this area, product values have also been steadily increasing with all LysteGro product being sold-out annually since the program began in 2013.
One of the key factors to the success of these programs has been the undertaking of third party agronomic trials and best management practices to demonstrate the effectiveness of LysteGro, both as a replacement for commercial fertilizer and as a means to build soil health. Even with increasing market prices and some revenue sharing to help offset management costs, the farmer is still receiving great value for the product, which has a high concentration of NPK as well as micronutrients and organic matter. Based on comparative pricing, to realize the total NPK equivalent in purchased commercial fertilizer, the cost would be approximately three times the current market price of LysteGro.