"Zabaleen" is the Arabic term for those visionary and enterprising people whose culture revolves around recycling. The Zabaleen are experts at "transforming one man's garbage into another man's gold" and aspire toward a net zero-waste economy. Applied and supported this could lead to true energy independence, not only by radically reducing our demand for "raw materials" and hard to extract natural resources but by recycling other less obvious phenomena and materials that are now wasted.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
"Der Schatz im gelben See - Rohstoffquelle Abwasser" by Dr. Martin Denecke
Attended a great lecture on "Der Schatz im gelben See - Rohstoffquelle Abwasser" by Dr. Martin Denecke at the University of Essen (Hygiene & Kulture series, see streaming version on-line at http://www.uni-due.de/ios/aktuelles.shtml#e3sl_ios) tonight with fascinating calculations on how important separation of urine and faecal material is to close the loop and win back all the valuable phosphorous and nitrogen we are wasting each time we flush our badly designed toilets, worth millions of Euro...