After careful analysis of the brown matter Arizona State University researchers found a population of a million people can produce around £13 million in precious metals each year.
The Independent reports:
*It turns out our sewage is a treasure trove full of valuable elements like gold, silver, copper and platinum, according to the research published in the Environmental Science & Technology journal.*
*It’s not exactly clear how all that metal gets in the system but the Smithsonian suggests it may be from “mining, electroplating, electronics and jewellery manufacturing”.*
*While the Arizona State scientists do not estimate how costly it would be to extract this treasure, a Yale University engineer, Jordan Peccia, told Science that it could be worthwhile.*
*We’re not going to get rid of this sewage sludge. We need to make this push where we stop thinking about it as a liability and instead we think about it as a resource. And anything we can find in sewage sludge that’s valuable, it’s good.*
Whilst we wouldn’t endorse rummaging around poop to find pieces of gold, is there a viable business model to be formed from this new research? Watch this space for poop-4-gold business’ popping up in the near future.
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