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Monday, January 9, 2006
Composting Toilets

Don't Burn, Compost!

A recent Envirolet® catalog request added this to the comments section:

“We are looking to replace an electric burning toilet that we have constant problems with to a composting toilet in hopes of less problems.”

To be honest, we do not get many questions asking about or comparing a composting toilet to an incinerating or burning toilet. This request made me realize that we should point out some of the major advantages of composting over incinerating.

But, there are many reasons why a composting toilet is a better solution to a burning toilet.

Composting toilets…

• are much, much more environment-friendly. Composting is a natural process.

• use less energy. Some incinerating toilets use close to 4000 Watts! 4000! That is a lot. Definatley not for those concernned with energy costs.

• are less expensive to purchase initally (most models) and to operate. With a burning toilet, you must buy expensive bowl liners for each use. A bowl liner is sort of like a coffee filter that you used for every use of the toilet. Yes, you do add peat moss or similar additives like saw dust, black soil, etc. to a composting toilet. But, these can be obtained locally for minimal costs.

• can be used whenever you want. Sounds strange, right? With some buring toilets there is a waiting period after the toilet is used and the incineration process has begun. The incineration cycle can last anywhere from 30-60 minutes. We’re sure your guests will love that when they visit the cottage and have to wait an hour to go to the bathromm after the last user!

• are more kid-friendly. I am not sure how comfortable I would feel about a child using a almost 4000 Watt incinerator without supervision.

That’s all for now. We will discuss this topic again in the future.