The Business Times
SUBSCRIBERS

Turning human waste into 'black gold' in China

The push to repurpose faeces into energy resources or fertiliser is expanding as its cities become more crammed

Published Mon, Feb 2, 2015 · 09:50 PM
Share this article.

Hong Kong

HEINZ-PETER Mang is obsessed with turning human waste into gold. As millions of Chinese move to cities, the German engineer is convinced the country is on the way to hitting the jackpot.

A growing portion of China's toilet waste is converted into fertiliser and biogas. In Beijing, 6,800 tons of human excrement are treated each day by some estimates: enough to fill almost three Olympic-size swimming pools.

Over the past decade, China's economic ascent has driven millions of…

BT is now on Telegram!

For daily updates on weekdays and specially selected content for the weekend. Subscribe to  t.me/BizTimes

Energy & Commodities

SUPPORT SOUTH-EAST ASIA'S LEADING FINANCIAL DAILY

Get the latest coverage and full access to all BT premium content.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Browse corporate subscription here