Toilet 2.0: Can’t we reinvent the commode?

In the 21st century, why can’t we reinvent the commode? If the proverbial hypothetical alien arrived on this planet, would they question why we pump our waste halfway around the city or municipality?  Is it possible to make toilets that not only collect waste but process it? I’m not a civil engineer or an industrial designer, so I have no idea. But as water and resources become more precious, particularly in the parched West, it seems like we could go with the flow a little less. 

This may all be just an uninformed pipe dream, but wouldn’t a little treatment at the source go a long way (well, actually the shortest way)? Could our daily or weekly waste be reduced into something recyclable?  In-Loo-Erator anyone?


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