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Q: Composting toilets ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Composting toilets
Category: Sports and Recreation > Outdoors
Asked by: craigeperkins-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 30 Nov 2003 09:40 PST
Expires: 30 Dec 2003 09:40 PST
Question ID: 281905
Where can I find the least expensive good quality composting toilet.
Subject: Re: Composting toilets
Answered By: journalist-ga on 30 Nov 2003 10:21 PST
Greetings Craigperkins:

Some friends of mine made their own composting toilet.  Termed a
"sawdust toilet," you can make one very inexpensively.

How to make and use a simple sawdust toilet [under $10]

The $25 (or less) Hinged Top Sawdust Toilet

The sawdust toilet
"The advantages of a sawdust toilet system include low financial
start-up cost in the creation of the facilities, and low, or no energy
consumption in its operation. Also, such a simple system, when the
refuse is thermophilically composted, has a low environmental cost, as
little or no technology is required for the system?s operation, and
the finished compost is as nice and benign a material as humanure can
ever hope to be. No composting facilities are necessary in or near
one?s living space, although the toilet can and should be inside one?s
home and can be quite comfortably designed and totally odor-free. No
electricity is needed, and no water is required except a small amount
for cleaning purposes. The compost, if properly managed, will heat up
sufficiently for sanitation to occur, thereby making it useful for
gardening purposes. The composting process is fast, i.e., the humanure
is converted quickly (within a few days if not frozen) into an
inoffensive substance that will neither attract rodents nor flies. In
cold winter months, the compost simply freezes until spring thaw, and
then heats up. If the compost is unmanaged and does not become
thermophilic, the compost can simply be left to age for a couple of
years before horticultural use. In either case, a complete natural
cycle is maintained, unbroken."

Thank you for asking such an interesting question!

Best regards,


"sawdust toilet"
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