Local recycling

Carp bream is gold

“Smoked carp bream and for Sunday we´ll have steaks”.  I fill my shopping cart also with milk from the local dairy and cheese products from the neighbour town. We can only afford Thai tuna fish at Christmas, but instead we can prepare rutabaga casserole on any given day from ready-made mush.

I wave my hand to stop the roach-biodiesel riksha which is passing by and hop on. There is no need to take my wallet out because it´s a public service. We drive past a clover meadow in which bees are making honey… while vegetables and strawberries are being harvested from the fields.

“I remember the time when carp bream wasn’t good enough as a grocery and all the junk fish from the fishing trip was just flushed through the toilet. That was when we still had water toilets… These days there is no such thing as a junk fish. Roach fish are either used as food or as fuel. Everything is recycled up to little bits because this area does not contain phosphorus reserves, not to mention oil wells… Two main ingredients for fertilizers are collected from our tower house, in solid and liquid forms. Solid fraction is first digested anaerobically to produce electricity and heat while the end product is dispersed onto the local fields. Big reed and rush yields are harvested from the near-by lakes and then incinerated, and finally the ash is dispersed as fertilizer.”

The usage of all non-renewable nutrient sources as well as all the transportation has become incredibly expensive, since the taxes on the use of fossil resources have increased tremendously. The same applies to all polluting raw materials – people dress up only in natural or conversion fibre materials and all medications are required not to include residues. As a result, all waste is safe to be recycled and it decomposes in the nature. Holidays are spent fishing or having video parties with Ethiopian friends.