Dr Santiago Septien Stringel | Transforming Human Waste into Sustainable Products
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This SciPod is a summary of the paper ‘Effect of drying on the physical and chemical properties of faecal sludge for its reuse’ from the Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering. doi.org/10.1016/j.jece.2019.103652
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Faecal sludge, a material derived from human waste, can be difficult to dispose of and causes significant disease and pollution worldwide. However, it also shows potential as a fuel, fertiliser and even a building material, if properly treated. Dr Santiago [san-tee-ah-go] Septien [sep-tee-uhn] Stringel and his team at the WASH R&D [wash R and D] Centre of the University of KwaZulu-Natal [kwah-zoo-loo-nay-taal], in Durban, South Africa, have been investigating the process for drying faecal sludge, towards developing new ways of transforming it into sustainable products.
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