Dutch bicycle lane paved using recycled loo rolls

Oct 04, 2017, 6:17 AM EDT
(Source: Diana House/flickr)
(Source: Diana House/flickr)

The Dutch province of Friesland now holds the distinction of hosting the world’s first bicycle lane paved with recycled toilet paper, courtesy a pilot project that involves extracting cellulose from wastewater streams and converting it into valuable building material.

The approach not only rids the sewage lines of nearly 180,000 tons of toilet paper flushed annually in the Netherlands but also trims down carbon emissions resulting from incineration of sludge, notes City Lab.

While the Netherlands’ water authorities view toilet roll cellulose content in sewage as a potentially high-value resource, a section is dismissive of the system given the energy and financial investment required in the process, writes The Guardian.