Is it true? Or is it even possible? If this is a fact, we are just flushing everyday our million dollars. According to some studies, “Human feces contain gold and other precious metals that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, experts say.”
According to the research, which was presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Denver on Monday, the recovery of these metals may not only be commercially viable, but could also decrease the need for mining, thereby significantly reducing damage to the environment. Moreover, the extraction of these elements would also increase the effectiveness of biosolids as fertilizers.
At present, nearly half of the over 7 million tons of human waste that is generated in the U.S. is used as fertilizer on fields and in forests, while the other half is incinerated or sent to landfills.
Lastly, the scientists are now experimenting with chemicals known as leachates, which are used to extract metals from rocks. While some of these chemicals can damage the environment and ecosystems, Smith said that they can be used to recover metals from solid waste in a “controlled setting.”
If this study will furthermore prove something about it, I do believe that many people will always be excited on staying in bathrooms and preparing their million dollar thing.
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