Pivot Works: A new way of delivering
sanitation services

We don't build toilets

We're unconvinced that toilets are the weakest link in the urban sanitation chain. Why? 850 million people in Africa in Asia live without safe treatment services, compared to 350 million people without access to a latrine.

We believe it is the latter half of the sanitation process — collection, transport, and treatment — that is truly dysfunctional. Latrines get used. They fill up. And they become unusable and harmful unless they are emptied. 

 

We don’t bill households

The assumption that household billing will cover the costs of waste treatment drives – and often justifies – the construction of treatment plants. 

In developing countries, a vast majority of the resulting facilities are built on this assumption. Effective billing systems are seldom put into place, and the ability and willingness of users to pay for sanitation seldom add up to the full costs.

We demand reuse

If environmental protection isn’t a compelling enough reason for reuse, we’ve got another: Money.

Pivot’s business model is built around harnessing economic value from human waste. By re-branding human waste as a raw material, we’re replacing treatment plants with factories, making “treatment” the by-product of our fuel production process – completely reinventing the economics of sanitation.


Pivot Fuel: A better way to fuel industry

We are a renewable energy company that provides sanitation as a byproduct

We deliver what customers want: energy dense fuel that’s safe to handle and incinerate.

We've designed our process by putting product quality first – ensuring maximum energy recovery from the waste and achievement of the strictest hygiene standards.

The result is a product that has an average of 20% more energy than other biomass fuels, 10% lower moisture content, and attainment of the strictest international hygiene standards.

 

We don't produce biogas

Energy generation from human waste has become nearly synonymous with biogas generation.

We believe that solid fuel is the superior energy endpoint. Solid fuel is easier to store and transport, in ready demand, and a cost-effective means of harnessing embodied energy in waste.

Further, the biogas generated by many community-scale plants goes unutilized. When released into the atmosphere, this biogas poses 20x the climate change impact of CO2.

We produce your every day biomass fuel

Unlike other biomass fuels, our fuel never goes out of season.

Customers can count on a reliable and predictable supply every day of the year.


Our Impact


The Average Size Pivot Works Factory:

Treats the waste of 1M people per year.
That's 44 one-meter deep football fields of waste!
Supports clean groundwater by preventing waste from seeping into drainage areas in poor communities.
Produces 14,000 tons of green fuel.
Eliminates over 23,000 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere every year.
Prevents public health threats by eliminating 600 trillion pathogens for every ton of fuel.
Provides 25 local jobs and demand in the sanitation value chain for an additional 100.