In 2012, the Gettysburg Municipal Authority (GMA) employed Material Matters to provide the Authority with the services to transition from their expensive liquid hauling operation to a cost-effective, self-managed, Class B cake land application program. During the program "start-up", Material Matters located and qualified farms, assisted with developing transportation bid, and set up Material Manager, a data management system. Now that the program is successfully in full operation, Material Matters continues to assist the Authority with data management, developing agronomic rates, coordinating hauling events, assisting with annual reports and permit renewals, and assisting with plant operations.
As the cost of landfill increased, The Harrisburg Authority decided to seek a beneficial use alternative with a lower cost. Material Matters developed a self-managed beneficial use land application program. The agricultural land application program was developed in two phases, where Phase 1 required an initial one-time cost and Phase 2 was composed of annual ongoing services. The first phase included several key steps, including: farm permit acquisition, program setup, and transportation services contracts. The second phase is composed of program management oversight and data management.
Faced with new regulatory program requirements, the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) employed Material Matters to convert existing farms in the biosolids beneficial use program into new regulatory program. The project included farm investigations, soil sampling and review of analytical data, evaluation of conservation plans, nutrient balance calculations, preparation of digital maps in GIS format, establishment of soil baseline, and calculating cumulative pollutant loading rates from previous biosolids applications for 36 farms. Ongoing work included the preparation of agronomic rates and managed application data for PWD biosolids contractor, and assisted PWD with preparation of annual operating reports.