LEAD Action News Vol 2 no
1 Summer 1994. ISSN 1324-6011
Lead in the Wild
[Points extracted from an excellent article entitled "Lead Poisoning: Are you and Your Children at Risk?" in Awake! November 22, 1992. Printed by Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia, Box 280, Ingleburn NSW 2565. Reprinted with permission.]
Can you believe that a Japanese research team have developed a way of creating sausages out of sewage sludge? One hopes they also recycle the heavy metals they must surely remove from the sludge.
In an effort to show that human waste is recyclable and has many applications, the researchers have added soybean protein and other additives to sewage, to create a meat substitute with the appearance, texture, smell and taste of beef. Just add steak sauce!
If you find this all too revolting, don't panic, the sausages will probably only be used in a crisis. Moral of the story - don't get involved in a crisis!
[Reference: Waste Management and Environment (WM&E) magazine Dec 1993]
There was a little man, and he had a little gun,
[Reference: Deans Mother Goose Book of Rhymes]
Ever since light globes appeared on our "Lead: It's Everywhere - list of sources" (LEAD Action News Vol 1 No.1, 1993) I've been feeling guilty about throwing old light globes in the rubbish bin. The cat's eye shaped contacts are made of lead. It seems some Melbourne councils are now recycling both council and ratepayers' globes with a machine called the "Lampcrusher", designed and manufactured in Victoria by Seldco.
The machine crushes the globes while dousing them with water to neutralise any sodium. Special filters then remove heavy metals so effectively that the waste water can be discharged into the sewerage system. Seldco is working on a process to recover and reuse heavy metals from the filter.
[Reference: WM&E magazine Jan 1993]
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