for a fertilizer
produced by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
, the name is short for Milwaukee Organic Nitrogen
. Sold commercially since 1926
, it was developed as a way to dispose
extracted during the sewage treatment
process of Milwaukee's then new municipal sewage system.
A slow release, non-burning fertilizer containing roughly 83% water insoluble nitrogen, Milorganite represented a major breakthrough when it was introduced, and is still widely used today.