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Chinese Pan for Gold in the Sewage
The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | November 17, 2007 | By Richard Spencer in Beijing

Posted on 11/17/2007 6:48:22 PM PST by JACKRUSSELL

A town in southern China is proving that where there's muck, there's gold and silver.

In one of the most extreme signs of China's modern grasp of entrepreneurial possibilities, gold panners are striking deals with jewellery factories to buy the contents of their septic tanks.

The price of precious metals has soared to such record highs on the world's markets that sifting the tanks' contents for scrapings and offcuts has become a profitable business.

A reporter from a Chinese newspaper found a new breed of waste collectors touring the jewellery factories near Daluotang, a township near the city of Guangzhou.

They told him that small processing factories had discovered gold and silver filings in the septic tanks that had either washed off workers' hands and faces or been ingested accidentally.

The collectors were paid to deliver the contents of septic tanks from factories and dormitory compounds. Processors would then sift, pan and finally recycle the tanks.

Contracts depended on the volume of effluent — one building sold the rights to its sewage for 140,000 yuan a year (about £9,000). A smaller tank fetched 40,000 yuan (£2,500).

"The factories watch over the gold powder produced at each stage of their processing," one man said. "Once, I was carrying some waste water for a boss here, I spilled a little and he began to shout at me for the waste."

Another said: "Because compounds here have mostly been rented out to gold factory workers, people believe the gold and silver powder that gets stuck to hair, skin or even in their stomach eventually settles in the septic tank."

China is profiting from its entrance into a global but uncertain trading system.

The price of precious metals has risen as investors seek a safe haven from the global credit crisis and the long-term fall in the value of the dollar. Gold is trading at nearly £385 an ounce, its highest level since 1980.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china

1 posted on 11/17/2007 6:48:23 PM PST by JACKRUSSELL
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2 posted on 11/17/2007 6:48:46 PM PST by JACKRUSSELL
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Think I’ll pass on the gold fillings.


3 posted on 11/17/2007 6:50:12 PM PST by cripplecreek (Only one consistent conservative in this race and his name is Hunter.)
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To: JACKRUSSELL
Reminds me of an old grade school joke.

Hu Flung Pu

4 posted on 11/17/2007 6:54:44 PM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

My dad, who used heavy equipment to clean out chicken houses always said chicken s#!t smelled like gold!


5 posted on 11/17/2007 6:55:40 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: BallyBill

Yeah, I passed a nugget this morning...


6 posted on 11/17/2007 6:58:36 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

The Poop Rush.


7 posted on 11/17/2007 7:06:10 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

I’ve panned gold, but I’m not panning that sh*t!


8 posted on 11/17/2007 7:10:30 PM PST by A. Morgan (John Edwards, Osama Obama , Hillary are all three tied for BIGGEST dofus! Thank me!)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Dere’s gold in dem dare turds.


9 posted on 11/17/2007 7:11:09 PM PST by Gumption
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To: Gumption

Talk about the Mother Load.


10 posted on 11/17/2007 7:18:45 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: toldyou

pi ing yu


11 posted on 11/17/2007 7:28:55 PM PST by null and void (No more Bushes/No more Clintons)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Oh thit, what next.
Thanks for the ping JACK.


12 posted on 11/17/2007 7:34:21 PM PST by sweetiepiezer (Duncan Hunter .....................a man of his word.)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Its just stool’s gold.


13 posted on 11/17/2007 7:34:43 PM PST by dinoparty
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To: JACKRUSSELL
Paging Dirty Jobs
14 posted on 11/17/2007 8:02:08 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Fred Dalton Thompson for President)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Anyone want to buy stock in my new Chinese mining company, Pa Ning Du?


15 posted on 11/17/2007 8:07:07 PM PST by null and void (No more Bushes/No more Clintons)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

I recall hearing about some entrepreneurial ladies in Alaska that used to do the laundry of the gold miners without charge to collect the gold dust.


16 posted on 11/17/2007 8:47:42 PM PST by RoadKingSE (How do you know that that light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash?)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Are they talking about filtering gold from the run-off of the jewellery factories, or the human waste sewage? There is a big and nasty difference between the two, and it depends on the factories having two septic tanks, one for the toilets and the others for the machines. If not, disgusting!


17 posted on 11/17/2007 9:31:03 PM PST by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: BallyBill

Hu?


18 posted on 11/17/2007 9:48:42 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: JACKRUSSELL

The Chinese have become so acquisitive I’m sure Karl Marx is spinning in his grave. The last major communist nation now makes it’s living making trinkets for and at the demand of the capitalist world while trashing it’s environment.


19 posted on 11/17/2007 10:13:41 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Democrat Happens!)
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To: Army Air Corps

LOL


20 posted on 11/17/2007 10:16:52 PM PST by JSDude1 (When a liberal represents the Presidential Nominee for the Republicans; THEY'RE TOAST)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

like I said before and i will say again: The chinese are a bunch of filthy pigs.


21 posted on 11/17/2007 10:49:09 PM PST by steel_resolve (If you can't stand behind our troops, then please stand in front...)
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To: null and void

“pi ing yu”

ROR!

Hi Fu Ni Gai

I bought rots of jewelry when I was in China a few weeks ago. Do you think it’s made from....


22 posted on 11/18/2007 8:05:33 AM PST by toldyou
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To: billorites

No $hit?


23 posted on 11/18/2007 8:15:22 AM PST by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: toldyou

It should have been Pin Ging Yu...


24 posted on 11/18/2007 8:19:08 AM PST by null and void (No more Bushes/No more Clintons)
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To: toldyou
I bought rots of jewelry when I was in China a few weeks ago. Do you think it’s made from....

Pu Goo Gia Pan?

25 posted on 11/18/2007 8:28:28 AM PST by null and void (No more Bushes/No more Clintons)
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To: null and void

“Pu Goo Gia Pan?”

Ew!


26 posted on 11/18/2007 8:52:42 AM PST by toldyou
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Seriously, we should all be aware that recycled precious metals like gold, silver and platinum have the potential to be radioactive. Watch out for Chinese jewelry!


27 posted on 11/18/2007 12:21:23 PM PST by panaxanax (Ronald Reagan would vote for Duncan Hunter!)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Hey Ruy,where did your dad clean out chicken coops. I was a helper on a chicken farm as a kid and cleaned out a few myself.


28 posted on 11/18/2007 12:24:35 PM PST by 4yearlurker (Thanks Vets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: 4yearlurker

***Hey Ruy,where did your dad clean out chicken coops.***

Nw Ark. They wern’t coops. They were houses that held between ten thousand and forty thousand chickens. And stink! Wow!


29 posted on 11/18/2007 1:06:34 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

I worked in south Jersey in coops that held 14 thousand birds. Manure was about 30 inches deep (after about 3 years or so)The methane would burn your eyes. That stuff was gold to the local farmers!


30 posted on 11/18/2007 2:23:59 PM PST by 4yearlurker (Thanks Vets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Harry King of Ankh-Morpork has a real life counterpart!


31 posted on 11/22/2007 1:51:10 PM PST by GAB-1955 (Kicking and Screaming into the Kingdom of Heaven.)
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