AUSTRALIAN scientists are planning to use human wee to fertilise city parks.
A new study by Griffith University in southeast Queensland wants to see if human urine can be recycled as a fertiliser for plants and gardens. Scientists have created different toilet designs that will be installed in public parks, with the aim of separating the good nutrients in wee from the waste.
Professor Cara Beal, from the university, said: “[Urine is] the perfect liquid gold and currently we just flush it down the toilet.” She added that the “yuck factor” has prevented people from using the idea so far.
The trial, which could take place in Brisbane and Sydney, will look at the benefits of using human urine, such as it being free and more sustainable, as well as any health risks.