Most of us consider urine as simply a human waste. Some claim that it has cleansing effects whenever excreted and taken in again by the body. But more than these, urine is believed as a potential means to decompose biodegradable wastes.
Many of you might not believe it but it is true. A researcher of Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU), a multi-campus school in La Union, one of the northern provinces in the Philippines, conducted the study.
This research on the potential of urine as an activator in the decomposition of biodegradable waste was monitored by the respected Los Baños-based Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD).
Indeed, this information will be an added means of using our body wastes for a noble cause in preventing pollution and diseases caused by human wastes.
The study was supervised on the ecologically and economically sustainable sanitation system (EcoSan) that seeks to prevent pollution and the possible spread of diseases due to human wastes.
This study will certainly reduce wastes if only we will be taught on how our own wastes can be used into recyclable materials. With Ecosan’s study, it helped to determine how long it will take for biodegradable wastes such as urban waste and nutrient composition will decompose using urine as a decomposing material.
L. Ngilangil, who spearheaded the study, used two kilograms of sawdust and one liter of urine for every two-kilogram household waste (HW), two-kg market waste (MW), and two-kg food waste (FW). The research used control and experiment groups using the same substrates but the other groups without urine.
Based on the results, it was found that the wastes with urine will take shorter days to decompose compared to the treatments without urine. This project needs further research to obtain better results.
The compost will soon be tested to the plants to determine if urine can be a good source of mineral fertilizer.