Not quite. But new research suggests that the organic materials (biosolids) generated by sewage-treatment plants may be an untapped source of gold, silver, platinum, copper, and other metals as well as rare elements like palladium and vanadium that are used to make cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices. Holy crap!
The scientists behind the research are looking into ways to identify and recover the elements and metals (which also include potentially polluting "nuisance metals" like lead). They say this might reduce the demand for mining and help curb the release of pollutants into the environment.