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EPA Grant Number: SU835308
Title: Treatment and Recycle of Olive Mill Waste at Rural Olive Mills in the West Bank

Food production around the world often generates highly toxic waste products. This is a particular problem for small operations such as olive oil mills in the Mediterranean region. University of Utah students are working with a team from Birzeit University in the West Bank where disposal of untreated olive mill wastes generates odor, pollutes land and water and inhibits the growth of plants and animals. The students have developed a simple, cost-effective process to treat solid and liquid wastes generated by small-scale olive mills that will also provide treated irrigation water and fertilizer for the olive orchards.

Challenge Area(s): Water

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