Stephanie B. Elmido poses with her project "Bio-bricks" made of dog faeces and cement powder at Justice Cecilia Munoz Palma High School in Quezon City. Picture: Eloisa Lopez/Reuters
Stephanie B. Elmido poses with her project "Bio-bricks" made of dog faeces and cement powder at Justice Cecilia Munoz Palma High School in Quezon City. Picture: Eloisa Lopez/Reuters

LOOK: Students turn dog poo into bricks

By Reuters Time of article published Nov 22, 2019

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Manila - A group of secondary school

students in the Philippines has found a way to convert poo from

stray dogs into a mixture for bricks, aiming to rid city streets

of excrement and potentially even lower construction costs.

As part of a research project, eighth graders in the Payatas

district north of the capital Manila gathered and air-dried dog

faeces, which were then mixed with cement powder and moulded

into rectangular "bio bricks".

"Our streets will really be cleaned up," Mark Acebuche, the

students' science class adviser, told Reuters. He hoped local

government or corporations would sponsor the students' research

to help upgrade production.

Dog ownership in the Philippines is unregulated and rules on

taking care of pets are only loosely implemented, leading to a

large number of stray dogs.

"Bio-bricks" made of dog faeces and cement powder are pictured at Justice Cecilia Munoz Palma High School in Quezon City. Picture: Eloisa Lopez/Reuters

The students say their "bio bricks" are ideal for sidewalk

pavements or small structures like backyard walls. Each brick

contains 10 grams of dog poo and 10 grams of cement powder, and

has a faint odour that the group says will fade with time. 

Students pile their "Bio-bricks" made of dog faeces and cement powder for demonstration, at Justice Cecilia Munoz Palma High School in Quezon City. Picture: Eloisa Lopez/Reuters

Students gather dog faeces to make "Bio-bricks" in Quezon City, Manila. Picture: Ronn Bautsista/Reuters

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