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Research article2002Peer reviewed

The performance and potential of faecal separation and urine diversion to recycle plant nutrients in household wastewater

Vinnerås, Björn; Jönsson, Håkan


The urine was collected separately in a double flushed urine-diverting toilet and the faeces were separated from the flushwater using two parallel Aquatrons. The Aquatron separates by a combination of a whirlpool effect, gravitation and surface tension. In this study, nitrogen and phosphorus from the facces were separated to 73% and 58%, respectively, to the dryer fraction. The combination of faccal separation and urine diversion in the house Ekoporten made it possible to collect 60% of N, 46% of P and 43% of K from the wastewater, indicating that this method is an alternative when aiming to recover plant nutrients while still wanting to use water-flushed, urine-diverting toilets, though the potential to collect the nutrients is much higher. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.


facces; urine; faecal separation; urine diversion; nutrient recirculation; supplementary wastewater treatment

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Bioresource Technology
2002, Volume: 84, number: 3, pages: 275-282 Publisher: ELSEVIER SCI LTD

      SLU Authors

    • Vinnerås, Björn

      • Department of Agricultural Engineering, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
      • Jönsson, Håkan

        • Department of Agricultural Engineering, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

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      Other Environmental Engineering

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