MASCOUTAH, Ill. (KXAN/KSDK) — A TV reporter grabs human waste with her bare hands live on the air — and even smells it, too.
The raw sewage sludge had reportedly been heated and treated to get rid of the harmful pathogens before hitting the man’s crops to enrich the soil, but KSDK Reporter Elizabeth Matthews says, “The stench is too much for his neighbors to take.”
To see what the big stink was all about, she got up close and personal with the aroma on live TV.
Matthews picks up the poop and describes it as dry, “Looks like potting soil and doesn’t smell very good” — all as she scoops up two big handfuls and takes a big whiff.
— Elizabeth Matthews (@ElizabethKSDK) May 13, 2014
For those of us here in Austin cringing at the very thought of this, wait one second. We have some “biosolids” of our own.
“Each year, thousands of tons of biosolids are anaerobically digested and composted with yard trimmings into an EPA-certified soil conditioner called Dillo Dirt,” says the city’s website. “This product is donated to landscape public places and sold to commercial vendors for sale.”