Sunday 5th September 2021

The Compost for Good project receives funding to promote urine composting

Modern wastewater treatment plants are a marvel of engineering – they drastically reduce human diseases and environmental problems. However, these facilities are expensive to build and operate and contribute to environmental problems in the form of unprocessed pharmaceuticals and excess nutrients in water systems.

AdkAction is pleased to announce that they have received a grant from the Cloudsplitter Foundation for their Compost for Good project to determine what it will take to build a research / demonstration facility to increase the commercial viability of discharging large quantities of human Testing urine from sewage treatment plants and converting that urine into compost.

That work began thanks to a 2019 grant from the Cloudsplitter Foundation when John Culpepper, one of the founders of the Compost for Good project, investigated whether human urine could be safely and efficiently processed through a high temperature composting system. Since most of the nutrients and pharmaceuticals excreted by humans are in the form of urine, draining urine from sewage treatment plants would avoid many of the environmental problems caused by conventional treatments.

plant in compost

Having successfully produced high quality compost from urine on a relatively small scale, this grant enables the Compost for Good team to explore this simple approach to “waste” management on a much larger scale. This has a huge impact on the environment, but it also has the potential to create thousands of new jobs, high quality soil improvement, and save money for communities by significantly reducing the cost of running wastewater treatment plants.
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