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Kenyan Company Is Turning Human Poo Into Replacement Charcoal

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A company is manufacturing charcoal from human poo and sawdust collected around Nakuru, Kenya. Locals have embraced its use and are using the briquettes for cooking and other purposes. The project aims to help protect the environment and improve sanitation especially in poor parts of the town.

The charcoal is made through a process called carbonisation. First, the waste is collected and left to dry in a greenhouse for two weeks. It is then broken down and mixed with sawdust before being placed in a kiln. The carbonisation process ensures that there is no smell left over from the human waste.

The company wants to expand their venture to other towns in Kenya that have poor sanitation.


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