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February 1, 2013

P-recovery on the move

Instead of removing phosphates from waste streams, technology is now emerging to recover this vital resource

Gerald Ondrey

Unlike fossil fuels or precious metals, phosphorus has no alternatives — we (and all other life forms on the planet) need phosphorus; it’s in our DNA, our bones and our energy-producing chemicals (ATP). We get it from our food — meat, grains and vegetables — so it’s not surprising that phosphorus is a key ingredient in fertilizer, as well as a component of sewage, manure and slaughterhouse waste (bone meal)....

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