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Compost Toilets: Build Your Own

Post: #143219 MrDirtyBoots
Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:19 am

Many people are put off by the concept of Composting Toilets. The reality is that a basic, home made Composting Toilet is beneficial in so many ways and not really much of a chore at all.

What is so difficult about emptying a bucket covered in sawdust once every week or so?

I have now been using a home built Compost Toilet for about four years now. It took a few hours to build, was extremely cheap, and takes up minimal space.

How To Build A Compost Toilet

At its most basic you are simply looking to build a box with a removable lid that has a toilet seat attached and a hole in it. Inside you will have a bin roughly the same height as a conventional Toilet.

A home made Compost Toilet can be any size you wish. Large or small it is totally up to you. Use your imagination and build something that will suit the environment in which you wish to use it. I built a fairly small one that takes up minimal space.

All you need to do is get a bin that has a removeable lid. Build an open topped box around it that is fractionally higher than the bin. Place a piece of board on the top and cut a hole in it just a little bigger than the internal size of the Toilet Seat.

You then simply attach the seat and you are good to go (literally)!

It can be painted, varnished or tiled. It can be made to look very neat and clean indeed.

Using a Compost Toilet is then simply a matter of sprinkling sawdust after use. There are no bad smells and it is as comfortable as a conventional Toilet.

When emptying you simply make a hole in your Compost Heap, empty the contents and give the bin a clean out. If you have a Compost Heap that is working efficiently any dangerous bacteria will be rendered harmless in a few months. If you have any doubts about this leave it for longer until you feel happy that it is safe to spread on your soil.

Why You Should Use A Composting Toilet

Part of becoming more self sufficient is to save money and help the planet. A Compost Toilet helps to do both.

Not flushing away countless litres of drinking quality water every day will dramatically cut your water bill if you are on a meter. If you are not, then youare still taking a massive burden off the sewage treatment plants that are already at bursting point.

One of the main benefits though, is that of improving your soil. You are buying in food to eat and then giving away a fantastic source of nutrients for your soil. In reality you should be composting anything that will help improve the land. The nutrients in your waste are not to be overlooked. Urine is a fantastic source of Nitrogen and will do nothing but speed up the rate at which your Compost pile will activate.

Why not spend a few pound on a sheet of plywood, a bin, a Toilet Seat and a few screws and stop wasting such a valuable resource?
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Post: #143253 Odsox
Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:51 pm

Sounds like the "bucket and chuckit" system all us country dwellers had years ago, although you say there are "bad smells" with your version, I seem to remember they honked a bit especially in summer.
I agree that it is criminal to flush all that treated drinking water though (but not something I do).
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Post: #147641 Sadoldhippy
Sun Mar 22, 2009 4:47 pm

Thanks for this post. I was looking to find an alternative to the WC and this is informative and encouraging.
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Post: #147660 Sky
Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:22 pm

This was what we used when we were building our house lol.

It just is a hole in the ground though so the contents would have to be dug out every now and again.

Only the kids use it now when they're out playing and too far away from the house.

We never did get around to putting permanent walls round it cos it's in the middle of the pine trees but we intended to.

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Post: #147703 Annpan
Sun Mar 22, 2009 10:52 pm

I am planning on building one at the back of my garden for when our building work is getting done.... we already happily wazz in a bucket while up there, so I don't see the big difference in pooping in one too... and it would be much more civilised to have a toilet seat rather than just hovering.
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Post: #147738 contadino
Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:48 am

This is the compost toilet system we're opting for. All the convenience (sorry) of a normal loo, but no electricity and only minimal (1pt) water usage.

http://www.letsgogreen.com/centrexwaterflush-desc.html

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Post: #149096 Andy Hamilton
Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:04 pm

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Post: #151493 Rohen
Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:35 pm

I should take a photo of the one we have down our allotments and then post it here
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Post: #208720 giggles
Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:07 pm

plannin ta build one meself... was thinkin of a raised platform with 2 chambers underneath... approx 1 metre in height side by side n have two holes cut in the bench above... one covered one with a seat n when one chamber is full just sealing off that chamber and put the seat over the second chamber

by the time the second chamber is full the first chamber should be rotted down n ready for fertilising...

so wha do ye think?
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Post: #208729 grahamhobbs
Wed Sep 15, 2010 7:00 pm

Giggles this is the way to do it if you want to avoid emptying buckets every week.

Anyone got any good ideas for the tube or chute from the seat to the chambers underneath. A length of large (15"?) diameter salt glazed pipe would seem ideal, but probably impossible to come by. Any other ideas?

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Post: #208731 Thomzo
Wed Sep 15, 2010 7:11 pm

I'm watching this thread with interest. I have a large summerhouse at the far end of my garden. In the longer term, I'm thinking of using it as a studio/classroom and it'd be great to have a loo up there. If I could have the seat indoors and the chambers outdoors, it would reduce any smells.

Where do you get the sawdust from?

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Post: #208747 giggles
Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:46 pm

check this site out... might be of interest ta ye

http://www.reedbedsirl.com/dry-composti ... r-chambers
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Post: #208797 boboff
Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:36 am

Thomzo wrote:Where do you get the sawdust from?

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Post: #276724 diggernotdreamer
Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:33 pm

how would it work if everyone had a compost toilet, I often wonder this, I know a man I fondly call Dr Poo, he is like a humanure guru,he thinks it is the way forward, but I just can't see how it would work say on a housing estate, has anyone thought this one through

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Post: #276737 Skippy
Sat Nov 09, 2013 6:27 pm

Dry toilets worked , at least up to a point, in towns in the past and night soil men would take it away. Near me is an area that was used to dump the waste, brought from the Black Country by canal . It was known and still is as muckley corner .


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