This Is Going To Waste

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Because of the way digestion works, human poop not only contains dangerous microbes, it also contains a wide variety of other things, many of which we could potentially put to use.

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To learn more about this topic, start your googling with these keywords:
– Pathogens: Organisms that can cause disease.
– Reuse of Human Excreta: The safe and beneficial use of treated human poop.
– Biogas: A renewable energy source that’s a combination of methane and carbon dioxide.
– Black soldier fly larvae: Among the most efficient animals at converting biomass into feed.
– Biosolids: Solid organic matter retrieved from the sewage treatment process that can be used as fertilizer among other uses.

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David Goldenberg | Script Writer, Narrator and Director
Lizah van der Aart | Illustration, Video Editing and Animation
Nathaniel Schroeder | Music

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REFERENCES
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Rose C, Parker A, Jefferson B, Cartmell E. (2015) The Characterization of Feces and Urine: A Review of the Literature to Inform Advanced Treatment Technology. Crit Rev Environ Sci Technol. 2015 Sep 2;45(17):1827-1879. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4500995/

Trimmer, C. (2016). SANITATION, WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY FROM WASTE DISPOSAL TO RESOURCE RECOVERY. UNEP. https://www.susana.org/_resources/documents/default/3-2636-7-1487004303.pdf

Cornwall, W. (2015). Sewage sludge could contain millions of dollars worth of gold. Science. https://www.science.org/content/article/sewage-sludge-could-contain-millions-dollars-worth-gold

Paul Westerhoff, Sungyun Lee, Yu Yang, Gwyneth W. Gordon, Kiril Hristovski, Rolf U. Halden, and Pierre Herckes. (2015). Characterization, Recovery Opportunities, and Valuation of Metals in Municipal Sludges from U.S. Wastewater Treatment Plants Nationwide. Environmental Science & Technology 2015 49 (16), 9479-9488. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es505329q

Debasree Purkayastha, Sudipta Sarkar. (2023) Performance evaluation of black soldier fly larvae fed on human faeces, food waste and their mixture. Journal of Environmental Management, Volume 326, Part A. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0301479722023003