Publicado: Mier, Noviembre 07, 2018
Financiera | Por Marilu Caballero

Bill Gates wields human poop to hype toilet revolution

Bill Gates wields human poop to hype toilet revolution

Thus the Microsoft founder was in the Chinese capital to launch the three-day "Reinvented Toilet Expo", which showcased new dunny tech meant to stop disease spreading.

Placing a jar of feces on a pedestal next to him, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates made a plea Tuesday for the safe disposal of human waste as he kicked off a "Reinvented Toilet" Expo in China.

It costs the world more than $200bn (£153bn) a year in healthcare costs and lost income, according to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. "Human feces", he said.

According to Gates, exposure to waste causes "diarrhea, cholera, and typhoid that kill almost 500,000 children each year" and billions across the globe don't have access to the type of sanitation facilities we consider routine in America. "20 billion Shigella bacteria, and 100,000 parasitic worm eggs".

The toilet, which is the brainchild of research projects funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is finally ready for sale after years of development.

The Microsoft Corp co-founder, who a day earlier was one of the high profile guests at a major trade event in Shanghai, also lauded the globalised and free trade systems that made the toilet technology possible.

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The Foundation is already testing a number of these "reinvented toilets" in Durban, South Africa.

"Durban is a good place to run these tests because the city is growing fast and many people there don't have a modern sanitation, which means that, even if they have access to a toilet, the waste can get into the environment and make people sick", he said.

"All of them remove the pathogens from the waste and, most importantly, they don't have to be connected to the sewer system", Gates added.

At the expo, China-based EcoSan, U.S. -based Sedron Technologies, and other global companies announced the availability of reinvented toilets and small-scale waste treatment plants (omni-processors) for sale to public and private entities.

UNICEF estimates that 4.5 billion people worldwide do not have access to safely managed sanitation and that 480,000 children under 5 die every year from diarrhea, primarily in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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