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February 23rd, 2009 · 1 Comment


Yeah, sorry about that headline.

From the Telegraph:

A sewage treatment facility in Nagano prefecture, north-west of Tokyo, has reported a yield of gold extracted from sludge to rival production levels at some of the best mines in the world.

Tens of thousands of pounds worth of gold has been found at the Suwa treatment facility in the past year, with more than 1,890 grammes of gold per tonne of ash recorded from incinerated sludge.

In case you’re wondering, Japanese people do not, in fact, poop gold. Nor does this have anything to do with the Great Golden Turd of Tokyo.

The gold apparently comes from industrial processes that leach a variety of metals into Nagano’s underground waterways. Authorities have discovered more than $56,000 in gold already, and now that they know to look for it, they expect to find another $112,000 by the end of March.

Gold and other precious metals are also being scavenged from Japan’s electronics-filled landfills. Each year, 20 million Japanese cell phones are scrapped — along with all the gold, iridium, silver, copper and other metals they contain. According to a Japanese study, a metric tonne of mobile phones contains 30 times as much gold as an average tonne of ore from a gold mine.

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Tags: asia · curio · japan · neato · news

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Asher Vijay // Mar 1, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    I can’t stop laughing!!

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