Composting Toilets are Different
Recent advancements in Composting Toilet technology have brought them to the forefront of the green movement. Rarely has there been a product that is so beneficial to both the environment as well as the individual who utilizes it. Composting toilets help to replicate a cycle that has existed in nature for thousands of years, namely, the natural decomposition and usage of waste as a rich nutrient for soil. This is truly the circle of life in motion.
Composting Toilets offer something that no other toilet offers: the ability to turn human waste into completely safe, completely organic compost. There are a variety of other reasons to choose a composting toilet for your next toilet installation.
Composting Toilet Types
Self Contained Units
In a self contained composting toilet, the composting takes place in the actual unit, right where the toilet is installed. This is ideal for small home and tight spaces. They are extremely easy to install, and can be up and running in a matter of hours. An added bonus is they tend to be cheaper in price than larger toilet composting systems. They are best suited to accommodate a small number of users. Often they can be operated completely water free, depending on the model you choose.
Central Composting System
These systems are a little more complex than self contained units, but can handle a much larger number of users per day. Their appearance is more like that of a traditional toilet, rather than their slightly taller self contained brethren. Waste material is routed to a remote central storage tank where the process of composting occurs. Generally, a small amount of water is used to expedite this transfer. The central tank is often located on a lower level of the home, or in a crawl space below. Another advantage of a central tank system is that one centralized tank can accept waste from multiple toilets. This greatly increases the number of users you system can handle.
They are the Greenest Option
In America alone nearly 7 billion gallons of drinking-quality water is flushed down the toilet every single day. Much of this water eventually ends up back in our lakes and groundwater. Composting toilets use virtually no water. There is no possibility for harmful compounds to leech into groundwater. Additionally, the compost that is created negated the need for dangerous chemical fertilizers that can also get into groundwater.
They Go Where Other Toilets Can't
Sometimes, a toilet is required where traditional methods of plumbing cannot be installed. At cottages, or other remote install locations, the quality of earth may prevent the installation of a sewer or septic system. Obstacles like surface bedrock, seasonal or year-round surface water, or a high water table all make the installation of a traditional toilet extremely costly or even impossible. With a composting toilet, however, none of these factors present an issue. With the different power options available today, composting toilets can easily be installed virtually anywhere.
The Odor Myth
Many people, when confronted with the concept of a composting toilet ask the same question: “Won’t that smell awful?” The answer is no. Composting toilets are often regarded as having a more pleasant odor than their traditional counterparts. Human waste is about 90% water. Composting toilets’ most important feature is their method of aerating to dehydrate waste quickly and effectively. Waste is usually mixed with a base of peat moss, wood shavings and micro organisms that aid the breakdown of waste. Most models have some sort of agitator that mixes the contents, further aiding the natural breakdown of waste materials. All of these factors lead to a toilet that is virtually odor free.