Offbeat Why Millions of Dollars in Gold End Up in Sewers Every Year

11:53  12 october  2017
11:53  12 october  2017 Source:   Time

Switzerland Has So Much Gold That It's Literally Being Flushed Down the Toilet

  Switzerland Has So Much Gold That It's Literally Being Flushed Down the Toilet Switzerland is awash in gold and silver, so much so that they are flushing the precious metal down the toilet. According to scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) about 43 kilograms of gold and three tonnes of silver pass through the nation's wastewater treatment plant every year. With gold prices hovering just below $1,300 and silver above $17 an ounce, that waste is worth around $3.4 million annually - in other words that is expensive poop.However the Eawage scientists noted that despite all that gold dust, it would not be worth it to reclaim it.

Switzerland Why Millions of Dollars in Gold End Up in Sewers Every Year . The 9.99 second-generation Oasis is also less expensive than its predecessor, which was priced at 9.99 when it launched last year .

Scientists have determined that, in Switzerland at least, around US.5 million each worth of gold and silver are ending up in the sewer system every year . That's a cool US million annually ending up down the loo.

What to watch next
  • Mayweather shows off his private home theater

    Mayweather shows off his private home theater

    BuzzVideos Logo
    BuzzVideos
    0:47
  • A Woman With 5 Inch Long Eyelashes Is Now A World Record Holder

    A woman with 5 inch long eyelashes is now a world record holder

    Buzz60 Logo
    Buzz60
    0:45
  • Man drags beached shark back to sea

    Man drags beached shark back to sea

    BuzzVideos Logo
    BuzzVideos
    0:18
  • Man in Alpine Meadows takes puppy skiing for the first time

    Man in Alpine Meadows takes puppy skiing for the first time

    Storyful Logo
    Storyful
    0:52
  • Man breaks 4 boards with spinning kick

    Man breaks 4 boards with spinning kick

    BuzzVideos Logo
    BuzzVideos
    0:15
  • This water-powered bike whooshes at astonishing speeds!

    This water-powered bike whooshes at astonishing speeds!

    BuzzVideos Logo
    BuzzVideos
    0:56
  • Ryan Williams pulls amazing scooter trick

    Ryan Williams pulls amazing scooter trick

    BuzzVideos Logo
    BuzzVideos
    0:48
  • A giant puppet stole the show at Burning Man

    A giant puppet stole the show at Burning Man

    INSIDER Logo
    INSIDER
    1:30
  • Man builds giant Star Wars model in front yard

    Man builds giant Star Wars model in front yard

    Reuters Logo
    Reuters
    2:04
  • Parody songs created for Cassini spaceship

    Parody songs created for Cassini spaceship

    CNN Logo
    CNN
    1:02
  • The “Michigan beer chair

    The “Michigan beer chair" takes the internet by storm

    Reuters Logo
    Reuters
    0:28
  • Alibaba's Jack Ma pulls off dance routine at company party

    Alibaba's Jack Ma pulls off dance routine at company party

    Reuters Logo
    Reuters
    1:36
  • Silly doctor cheers up kids with a dance

    Silly doctor cheers up kids with a dance

    USA TODAY Logo
    USA TODAY
    0:55
  • Internet swoons over Florida police officer

    Internet swoons over Florida police officer

    CNN Logo
    CNN
    1:39
  • Finally, A Bar You Can Actually Sleep In

    Finally, a bar you can actually sleep in

    Buzz60 Logo
    Buzz60
    0:50
  • See plane drift in Irma's high winds

    See plane drift in Irma's high winds

    CNN Logo
    CNN
    0:58
UP NEXT
UP NEXT
Millions of dollars worth of gold and silver are flushed away in Switzerland each year, a new study has found.

Gold leaf from Napoleon's crown to go under hammer

  Gold leaf from Napoleon's crown to go under hammer A golden laurel leaf from Napoleon's crown is to go under the hammer next month, an auction house said Wednesday. The French leader crowned himself emperor at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris in 1804, famously taking the Roman-style laurel wreath and putting it on his own head, instead of letting Pope Pius VII do the honours.But at a fitting for the crown in the days leading up to the spectacular event, the "little Corsican" had complained that it was too heavy, the Osenat auction house said.

SPONSORED. Switzerland Why Millions of Dollars in Gold End Up in Sewers Every Year . Person of the Year 2016. Space 2017. Top of the World.

Switzerland Why Millions of Dollars in Gold End Up in Sewers Every Year . Get your history fix in one place: sign up for the weekly TIME History newsletter. The more personal idea of coming out to the people in one's own life took decades to develop from that idea, though drag balls did not fade away.

More than $3 million of precious metals are found annually in sewage from more than 60 wastewater treatment plants in Switzerland, according to a study by the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology. Every year, about 95 pounds of gold and 6,600 pounds of silver are wasted, scientists said, adding that the annual totals were “quite substantial.”

In some areas of Ticino in southern Switzerland, where there are several gold refineries, “concentrations of gold in sewage sludge are sufficiently high for recovery to be potentially worthwhile,” the study says. But for the most part, scientists say the metals would not be worth recovering.

The concentrations of metals in most cases do not harm the environment, according to the study, which was commissioned by Switzerland’s Federal Office for the Environment.

While odd, it’s not particularly rare for sewage to contain gold. Other researchers have previously said at least $13 million in precious metals could be found each year in U.S. sewers. The metals can come from hair care products, detergents and nanoparticles put in socks to prevent bad odors, American researcher Kathleen Smith said in a 2015 study.

“There are metals everywhere,” Smith said at the time.

This 900-year-old Chinese bowl just sold for $38 million .
This 900-year-old Chinese bowl just sold for $38 millionThe purchase of the 900-year-old bowl, which was fashioned during theSong dynasty, sets a new auction record for Chinese porcelain, auction house Sotheby's said.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!