Swiss flushing away millions in gold
ZURICH: While London’s sewers can get clogged with fatbergs made up of grease and nappies, it seems Switzerland’s waste system is flecked with silver and gold. Researchers last year detected three tons of silver and 43 kg of gold in effluent and sludge from waste water treatment plants – amounting to around 3 million Swiss francs (R42m). But before people start hunting in their drains for jewellery, the government study said the tiny particles were likely to be mostly from the watchmaking, pharmaceuticals and chemical industries, which use the metals in their products and processes. “You hear stories about an angry man or woman throwing jewellery down the toilet, but we didn’t find any rings, unfortunately,” report author Bas Vriens said yesterday.