Will university communities embrace urine diversion and reuse as fertilizer?
Stakeholders from a university community grapple with the pros and cons of installing urine-diverting toilets and processing the collected urine into fertilizer.
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Separation of urine from solid waste at the time of toilet or urinal use has been identified as a potential way to save water, reduce nutrient pollution, and reduce the energy required to remove nutrients from wastewater before effluent is released to bodies of water. Additionally, urine can be processed to create a fertilizer using less energy-intensive processes than are currently used to create fertilizer. In this case, university stakeholders discuss the pros and cons of installing urine-diverting toilets at an on-campus student dormitory.