Composting Toilets

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fastgaz
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Composting Toilets

Post by fastgaz » Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:47 pm

So, I tried DIY composting toilet this year, and it worked very well. You take a 5 gal bucket, line it with heavy duty garbage bag, put a toilet seat on it you get from Amazon, and cover your poop completely with composting material (I used coconut fiber based material from Amazon - you add few quarts of water until it's moist).

It worked GREAT. I was dubious when I read it wouldn't smell, but so long as you covered it with a complete layer, it didn't. I mean, if you opened the top and sniffed carefully you might get a bit of smell but unless you did that, it didn't at all.

I didn't pee into the bucket, most sources recommend against that.

And it was pretty hot this year, so I think it was subject to a stress test. I did have a yurt, so maybe it might get hotter in a tent and maybe that may not work as well, but I think an enclosed yurt with little circulation is a bigger challenge than a tent.

In any case, I want to let people know this system works very well.

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Re: Composting Toilets

Post by Captain Goddammit » Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:02 pm

Imagine... lots of today’s so-called burners leaving the playa carrying big bags of shit... what couid go wrong.
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Re: Composting Toilets

Post by Popeye » Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:03 pm

I wandered into 1st camp during EA looking for a Blue Room and found a set of four composting toilets. Made of steel, on a platform 4-5 feet high, perforated steel floor for the dust to come in. A bunch of machinery in a separate compartment behind them. Couldn't get a good look at the machinery but looked like they need to be on a power grid.
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Re: Composting Toilets

Post by Just_Joe » Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:37 am

Popeye wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:03 pm
I wandered into 1st camp during EA looking for a Blue Room and found a set of four composting toilets. Made of steel, on a platform 4-5 feet high, perforated steel floor for the dust to come in. A bunch of machinery in a separate compartment behind them. Couldn't get a good look at the machinery but looked like they need to be on a power grid.
They are "Biofilter Toilets"
They were at the burn last year and there have been a pair of them at Fly Ranch since last fall.
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Re: Composting Toilets

Post by Canoe » Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:00 am

fastgaz wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:47 pm
... I didn't pee into the bucket, most sources recommend against that. ...
I saw that for the first time this week.
"Poop is also a lot less smelly and composts much more quickly if it is not mixed with pee."
https://www.treehugger.com/bathroom-des ... ormal.html
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Re: Composting Toilets

Post by Token » Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:41 am

I don’t think I’ve ever taken a squat without unloading the bladder at the same time.

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Re: Composting Toilets

Post by Canoe » Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:56 pm

Token wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:41 am
I don’t think I’ve ever taken a squat without unloading the bladder at the same time.
That's the point of the design in the link. As long as you're sitting, it's got a 'hidden' urine trap. Their use of the separated, um, products, seems a little bit ambitious, but who knows in the future. The big thing I assume is that they're contaminated with medicines and some of what were additives in food.
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Re: Composting Toilets

Post by Ratty » Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:29 pm

There were 2 big, beautiful, bio toilets at 'Burners without borders' camp. They were right in the area where presentations and activities were scheduled. Beautifully decorated and lit. The only problem i see is non-ADA compliant. No smell whatsoever.
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