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Categories: Biology   |   Society / Culture   |   Environmental   |   Science   |   Social Science  
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Most of us flush our urine down the toilet, but William Tarpeh uses it to create fertilizer and hopes to help people in need. See how here.

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"We convert the waste at a centralized facility into useful end-products such as organic fertilizer, insect-based animal feed, and renewable energy. To produce the fertilizer, we co-compost the waste with sawdust, other carbon sources and effective micro-organisms, which eliminates pathogens. Then, we let the compost mature in windrows. Once ready, we test every batch of fertilizer by third parties to ensure compliance with World Health Organization standards."


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