New Sanitation – The Resource Recovery Approach

The aim of this 2-day course was to inform about how to make concrete steps towards New Sanitation (also known as Sustainable Sanitation or EcoSanitation) in the built environment.

Organised by LeAF

Tue 8 April 2014 until Wed 9 April 2014

Venue Wageningen, The Netherlands
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The course consists of three parts, starting with technological background of New Sanitation, which will be followed by experiences from the field. In the last part, the participants will work on cases. Each case focuses on one typology of the built environment (for example housing district, office district, rural area, industrial zone).  Options and implications for New Sanitation are elaborated. The course is given by various experts involved in research and implementation of new sanitation.


“Wastewater”, what is in a name? Currently we waste our water and the resources  contained therein. Many people realize that this is not sustainable in a world facing resource shortages, including water, nutrients and fossil fuel. The ultimate goal of New Sanitation is to fully recover valuable resources from separated waste streams and close the nutrient and water cycle, while producing energy. The big challenge is: how can we make first concrete steps in the built environment towards that ultimate goal, staying within the financial, technological, hygienic, organisational  and legal boundaries.That is what the course will deal with, looking at the whole chain of collection, transport, processing and reuse or safe discharge of the used water and the contained resources.

For whom?

The course was designed for the environmental and sanitary engineers, as well as decision makers working for governmental organizations, including: policy staff members from municipalities, waterboards, provinces, national governments, technology specialists from waterboards and companies active in wastewater collection, transport and processing, experts from companies active in resource recovery, etc.  

Venue: Wageningen University premises

More information about the course: Darja Kragic Kok, E: