Composting Toilets

Composting Toilets

We were looking at campers the other day, and wondering what to do about black water when we’re out and about.  What if we wanted to stay for a longer period of time in an area without waste water facilities, such as on land we own that we inhabit for the summer?

Traditional camper toilets require a lot of water, and drain into a waste system that must be emptied regularly.  If we’re camping for the summer, we don’t want to have to hook the trailer up just to run into a faraway town to dump sewage.

Enter the composting toilet.  Just like other manures, human manure makes an excellent compost, assuming you aren’t consuming a lot of harmful chemicals or medications.  Added to a lawn or other area in need of extra nutrients, composted human manure is very effective.

A composting toilet is an easy way to avoid a black water tank, at least for toileting.  Topped with sawdust or another absorbent material, such as newspaper, a composting toilet makes no more odor than a traditional toilet.

When it is full, you simply add it to the compost pile, which can be created for the occasion if you have your own camping land.  Turn it over regularly and in a year’s time, you will have compost to use as fertilizer.

Composting toilets are a great way to conserve water and return nutrients to the ground.  Best of all, you can set one up with a real toilet seat for under $20, and use it with no additional water, saving money and the Earth’s resources.