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VaLoo: Making value from what ends up in the loo

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From a medical viewpoint, our sewage system is one of the most important achievements of the past couple of centuries. Our future sewage system will be just as important a milestone on the road to a climate-resilient society. This is because our current system requiers large quantities of water, an extensive sewage system and energy-hungry treatment plants. To ensure sustainable development, we need to implement recyclable sewage solutions. There have been many start-ups that have developed some innovative technologies, but they falter as they still encounter many legal and social hurdles.

For sustainable sewage disposal

This is where VaLoo comes in. Enabled by the Migros Pioneer Fund, the project intends to promote a paradigm change and make sewage disposal in Switzerland sustainable for the future. The team is creating an umbrella organisation for recyclable sanitation, bringing together players from the various sectors while driving forward pilot projects with innovative solutions. At the same time, VaLoo is promoting better statutory framework conditions, while making the public aware of the need for resource-oriented sewage management, and its advantages.

Recovering resources

VaLoo intends to smooth the way for new, recyclable sanitary technologies, thus protecting public health and the environment, using less water and power, while also recovering resources.