Composting human waste is a healthy way to reduce disease and feed the soil

    | August 1, 2011

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    Human waste is rarely referred to in conversation. But it is a resource that, when treated and used carefully and properly, can be an effective fertilizer. Collecting and using human waste can also improve general cleanliness in communities and reduce exposure to disease and illness.

    This script tells the story of how ECOSAN toilets were used in a prison in Burkina Faso. The compost produced from human waste was used in the prison’s vegetable garden. ECOSAN toilets solved sanitation issues, as well as saving money on fertilizers. Kpénahi Traoré from Burkina Faso wrote this prize-winning script as part of our recent package on healthy communities.

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