Kenya firm using dried poop briquettes as fuel

Sep 01, 2017, 8:32 AM EDT
(Source: Brendan Riley/flickr)
(Source: Brendan Riley/flickr)

A Kenyan startup’s innovative project is addressing two of the country’s challenges – human waste management and lack of cooking fuel – by turning sewage into dried poop briquettes, which are less smoky and burn longer, saving costs for the user.

The Nakuru Water and Sanitation Services Company currently produces two tons of the human waste briquettes per month at the cost of 50 U.S. cents per kilogram, writes Tree Hugger.

Nakaru, where fecal matter is often discharged into storm drains and rivers due to infrastructural limitations, was first reluctant to embrace the idea of burning home fires with “poop fuel” but the residents are now accepting the product for its effectiveness and economic value, notes Reuters.