How to use a Composting Toilet?
Interested in finding out more about how you can live better? Take a look at this essay about a composting toilet!
Before widen your knowledge about how to use it, I will show you some reason why should you choose a composting toilet in your bathroom to make sure you will not regret!
Why do you need one?
- Simple to install.
Because there is no plumbing, only one vent hose to run outside and one tiny fan, there isn’t much to install. Just make sure you will watch some instructions before you get started.
Saves a lot of fresh water and energy!
Composting toilets do not need fresh water for flushing is a good news for everyone. It’s a dry toilet that uses organic materials to deal with human waste. There is a number that published by The American Water Works Association Research Foundation that an average household of four uses about 400 gallons of water each day, and toilet flushing it own can account for more than a quarter of that total! Older fashion toilets in particular use large volumes of water to flush, so one way to cut down on household water consumption is to replace less efficient models with low-flow toilets. That means our fresh water tank will last longer for more showers, dish washing and drinking. This is a very good ideal for your “wild camping” and when you have a limited water source and lower your monthly water bills.
Smell less than a normal toilet!
It clearly smells less than a regular one and the smell is way less offensive while “going”. When the solids and liquids are separate, they don’t make that typical sewage smell that lingers on for hours. Inside the solids tank is peat moss or coconut coir (it is more sustainable). There is also a fan in the tank, it will lead the air along with the bad smells go out while keeping the moisture down inside the solid tank. We must dump it about a week or 10 days for two people living in the RV full time.
Fantastic food for Plant!
We’ve been using animal poo (like cow’s) for a long time as manure for gardening because of it benefits…so have you ever think about using yours? And please do not forget the liquids! Ammonia in your pee has tons of great nitrogen (the stuff included in fertilizers) and can be used for landscapes, fue, and fiber.
Beside the advantages, a composting toilet still have some disadvantages such as:
- Upfront cost of buying.
- Direct dealing with human waste material.
- Owner must commit to properly maintaining toilet and compost.
- Problems with bad smell, insects or poor composting.
How to use?
A composting toilet consists of two elements: a place to sit/squat and a collection or a composting unit. The composting unit devide into four main parts:
- Storage or composting chamber.
- A ventilation part to make sure that the degradation procedure in the toilet is mainly aerobic and to vent odorous gases.
- A leachate collection or urine diversion system to remove excess liquid.
- An enter door for extracting the compost.
Many composting toilets collect urine in the same chamber as feces, thus they do not divert urine. Adding small amounts of water that is used for anal cleansing is no problem for the composting toilet to handle.
- They are not for everyone. You have to be a bit open minded and a bit flexible.
- They are appropriate for certain needs but totally not all needs. Perfect for those living in their own dwelling/camper but not for a commercial wedding factory dealing with hundreds of people per day or for a very major rest-stop on a major multi-lane highway with bus loads of people.
- There is a bit of a learning curve, not too wet, not too dry, not too little carbon (or too much).
- There are limits that require some respect, mostly common sense. True composting is a large hot aerobic mass, not possible in a small barrel.
- No cigarette butts, no tampons, no toxic chemicals.
- There is a bit of management required (but nothing excessive).
- Add a half cup of sawdust or peat per pee and a full cup for a poo.
- Next year, finish the mass in a hole out in a corner of the garden.
Uses of compost?
The material from composting toilets is a humus (like material) which can be suitable as a soil amendment for agriculture. Compost from residential composting toilets can be used in domestic gardens, and this is the main such use.
Enriching soil with compost adds substantial nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, carbon and calcium. In this regard compost is equivalent to many fertilizers and manures purchased in garden stores. Compost from composting toilets has a higher nutrient availability than the dried feces that result from a urine-diverting dry toilet.
Urine is typically present, although some is lost via leaching and evaporation. Urine can contain up to 90 percent of the residual nitrogen, up to 50 percent of the phosphorus and up to 70 percent of the potassium.
Compost derived from these toilets has in principle the same uses as compost derived from other organic waste products, such as sewage sludge or municipal organic waste.
To conclusion, I think a composting toilet is a worth experience to all of us. Have you ever used a composting toilet? If not, would you install one in your home? If you are interested about it and have any question, please don’t you ever mind to contact us. We are always here for you and eager to help!
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