Most people would rather not think about where their waste goes once it is collected by a septic tank pumping truck. Those that do give the process a second thought usually assume that the waste goes to the nearest municipal water treatment facility. Those people would only be partially correct. Waste disposal can end up a variety of places. Here are all the places that your septic pumping company might take your waste, and how to choose the pumping company for you, based on where you would rather your waste go.
Giant, Open-Air Cesspools
Yes, these places still exist. If you are driving through parts of the Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico deserts, you may want to roll your car windows up, and keep them up for the next fifty miles or so. Giant, open-air cesspools exist in these states for the collection and disposal of human waste.
The reason that these states revert to this method is because no one lives in the remote areas where these cesspools are, and the heat in these states causes more rapid decomposition. The rapid decomposition of human waste means that it will quickly turn into a liquid that can then be dispersed safely into a drainage field, or it will evaporate. If you live in these states, or others that manage human waste in a similar fashion, that is where your waste will head next.
Farmers who raise crops for human consumption rely on human waste as fertilizer. If you live in a state where this is allowed, there is a good chance that what comes to your table was fertilized by what you ate and processed biologically four months earlier. Of course, the farmers that pay for human waste in these states must first prove that their crops are grown under very specific conditions, so as to avoid contaminating the water table.
Factories That Convert Your Waste to Electricity
In California, and a few other cutting-edge states, human waste is being used to generate electricity. Your waste is removed by a pump truck and transported to these factories, where the waste is housed in large tanks. As your waste continues to break down, it produces methane gas. The methane gas is then converted into electricity, which powers your home. If you are squeamish about the first two destinations for your waste, ask septic cleaners if they take waste to these waste-to-electricity conversion companies.