Trash Into Treasure

A 3-post collection

Challenge #02317-F127: Unexpected Mineral Deposit

Toilets are necessary. Each species their own. Some don't even produce waste, because they literally use EVERYTHING they have. Others recycle.

Toilets in outer space are subsequently vital for Most species of Aliens and so as Clean as they can only be. You could AND can literally eat from them.

However, they didn't realise the hygienical nightmare of an outer space toilet in an Asteroid used by Humans.

(I think everyone knows, how a toilet on an interstate section with Zero Maintenance is) ^^ -- Anon Guest

Everyone uses the low-G toilet in the same way - in a state of near-permanent confusion and reading the instructions with a baffled squint. For everyone else, there are multi-species amenities with mobile additions that are confounding to everyone who has no idea what they're for. Speculation, of course, abounds.

At Podunk Station, however, the chief question is, "Who the flakk left this disaster zone?" it is a station so remote that hardly anyone ever stops there to begin with. As an experiment in a fully-automated rest stop facility... it makes excellent salvage. The Cleaners and the Skitties there are feral. So are the actual vermin, but people notice the Skitties and the Cleaners.

Just like Trucker Marjoram did when she had to stop there. The vendomats contained the topmost selling snack stuff, including the most popular beverages... and the waste elimination facilities... were practically a cesspit on their own. Throwing a Cleaner or three in there didn't help by much. The giant blue slugs just slithered straight out of there again. Marjoram didn't blame them, really.

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Challenge #01498-D037: Pay Dirt

There's money in Muck. Points for referencing Harry King, he of the Golden River. -- Anon Guest

Recycling is de rigeur in space. Throwing something out into the void means having less of the thing that made it up in the first place. There's many a spacer who, setting foot on a planet for the first time, is astonished by rain, and water running down the gutters. Or, in the case of Earth, the trash mountains of the United States.

Spacers often

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yumfactory: Japanese-born artist Sayaka Ganz creates sculptures out of discarded plastics found in thrift stores, converting these unwanted...


Japanese-born artist Sayaka Ganz creates sculptures out of discarded plastics found in thrift stores, converting these unwanted materials into graceful imitations of natural beauty. For her Running series, Ganz created life-like horses in mid-gallop. “Japanese Shinto beliefs are such that all objects and organisms have spirits, and I was taught in kindergarten that objects that are discarded before their time weep at night inside the trash bin. This became a vivid image in my mind,” Ganz explained her interest in recycled

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