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Turning Human Waste Into Oil? Dixon Is Considering

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Dixon, Illinois, might take recycling to a whole new level, by turning human waste into crude oil. It could mean big money for the city and its residents. Nationwide, no wastewater treatment plant is doing this yet, but there are pilot projects set up across the USA. Dixon city leaders are seriously considering starting a pilot, too, at their wastewater treatment facility. They say the project is a win-win for the environment, and the economy, leading to less money from people's pockets. Residents say they're happy to hear about the possibilities of their waste.

"It's really good that they're actually trying to make something out of poop for once," resident Justin Ewing said. "Why not? It's just hanging out. It's not going anywhere. Might as well turn it into something."

The process would turn the waste into algae, and that algae into crude oil, which would then be sold across the country.

"If they're actually going to make some type of profit out of it, then yeah, there shouldn't be a problem in doing that," resident Joe Valdez said.

Tax payers currently pay for the city's $18-million wastewater treatment facility.

"If we're able to make profit out of this thing, then we would pass it right onto the citizens," Dixon Mayor Jim Burke said.

He says the process is also good for the environment, which could lead to more business in the area.

"More and more, these corporations are getting to be very sensitive about the environment, and what communities are doing," he said.

He says the next step is to get the EPA and the governor's office on board. The exact project cost is unknown at this time.


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