Poop is not funny
OK, maybe a little. Hot off the, er, presses: a company in Australia is seeking donations of kangaroo dung to make recycled paper. Inspired by African and Asian operations that make sheets from elephant excrement, Joanna Gair hopes to make “Roo Poo Paper” a household name. The “pooey” product has proven useful as a conservation fundraiser in some places and is, of course, a hit with the kids. “It’s taken my breath away just how popular this [idea] is,” Gair says. Which is not a funny quote at all.
Folks in Milford, Nebraska, might want to consider the same plan, since they just spent four months battling a massive, burning pile of manure at a feedlot. The 100-foot-long heap, estimated to weigh 2,000 tons, began smoldering due to organic action at its center (here’s to the power of composting!). After the state Department of Environmental Quality cited clean-air violations, concerned parties spent several weeks pulling the pile apart, and finally quelled the fire. What a relief that is.