Focus: dealing with biomass that may be or have potential to become hazardous
Case study: 1) container based sanitation (CBS) and 2) urine beneficiation, catering to the sanitation service delivery to higher LSM markets in South Africa.
This workshop follows on from issues raised during a recent sludge to resource symposium (original event and my write-up). The recurring droughts, water insecurity and failing wastewater management infrastructure also forces us to consider the feasibility of quality, waterless sanitation for all. At the same time sanitation provides opportunities in terms of biomass and nutrients for the bioeconomy.
To the best of our knowledge, the intricacies of getting biomass to value is poorly developed. The aim of this workshop is to share and learn from other industries and specialist fields like logistics and distribution companies to provide the support that can really activate the bioeconomy, and deliver better, more equitable and more sustainable services as a result.
Both the sanitation sector and the bioeconomy has parallels with resource mining – for example agriculture and minerals extraction. What innovation is happening in solid waste management? What are the lessons learnt from the biodiesel industry? How does the economically viable recycling streams get their materials back from the end users, e.g. glass and tin cans? Can we better integrate the informal economy? Who is looking at this and where are the gaps?
This workshop focuses on an approach of starting small, private and embracing the informal economy. In other words not have a focus on centralised, large, government assisted, subsidised or partnered projects.
This is an initial scoping exercise to see what’s out there. If worth exploring further we hope to have a follow up workshop and report-back around June 2019. If you have any comments or suggestions, even if you are not attending, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
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* This workshop is independently run. GreenCape kindly allowed the use of their venue. This workshop is not currently registered for CPD points but can be requested – please get in touch ASAP to allow enough time for the paperwork.