About Composting Toilets.
Eco Toilet – The How’s and Why’s
Get an eco toilet today that uses no water and keeps pollutants out of the waterways. Save money now on any water bills as an extra bonus. Water less toilets can look great in any modern bathroom.
Furthermore these toilets are proven to be a low energy option to the normal toilets that only re-direct the problem to other places. Also they comply more easily with the onsite rules when removing pollution problems as opposed to using a septic tank.
In addition they are often liked more than than normal toilets in places where there is very little water. Hence as a result more councils are now saying that householders should install water less toilets rather than the normal septic tank.
In addition the composting toilet doesn’t smell if used and maintained correctly. Indeed all these toilets use a fan system which is either electric, solar or whirlybird wind. This means there is less odour than with a normal toilet. Furthermore the fan system draws any smells down through the composting areas, and out of the external pipe leaving your toilet odour free!
“I am a Big Fan of Composting Toilets …
I go to my cabin in the woods and have my off-grid weekends and then think what can I bring back from that? It is a journey of exploration, trying out ideas, asking how can that inform every day living.”
“Do I put in a reed bed, a biodigester, or a composting toilet? I am a big fan of composting toilets – I like the cycle of using waste. When you have experienced one and seen what comes out of the bottom, it is amazing stuff. It’s the most beautiful, driest, sweet-smelling compost.”
Different Types of Dry Composting Toilets
The many designs available can be divided into three main types, all with their own characteristics, capacities and installation requirements.
Self Contained Composting Toilets
These smaller toilets have the advantage that they can easily be fitted into an existing room without the need to have underfloor access to install and maintain a composting chamber. This is a feature most other composting toilets can not offer.
Their capacity can be increased, just by adding more spare composting chambers & lids. These can be purchased when the system is initially bought, or as the need for them arises.
Self contained composting toilets are suitable for a small family, typically from 2 – 4 people in full time use. More toilkets can be added as required, catering to larger families sizes and depending on the number of bathrooms.
Batch Composting Eco Toilet for Family Use
Batch Composting Toilets consist of two or more containers that are changed so that the active container is being used while the other container has time to compost.
The Green Loo GT’s capacity can be increased almost without limit, just by adding more composting chambers. In addition these can be purchased when the system is first bought, or as the need for them arises.
Designed in Finland, the cradle of composting toilets, Green Loo is the exclusive distributor for the GT Systems in the Asia – Pacific and African regions. Furthermore the GT’s have been used for over 25 years and are leaders in Composting Toilet technology. Green Loo is proud to be able to offer this superior product, and the versatility it offers, to you.
The Rota Loo 650 and 950 models are also a batch composting system suitable for family use. Hence their ingenious carousel mechanism is unique in the composting toilet world.
Composting Toilets for Public Applications
The capacity of these systems is usually large and can be 20 people or more which requires below floor installation.
Both the Green Loo GT 330 with extra containers and Rota – Loo 2000 can service these requirements. There are many situations when human waste needs to be processed in a waterless, odourless, environmentally friendly and a completely safe manner.
Green Loo has the ideal solutions for homes, parks, remote locations and environments where a septic tank is not an option.
The In’s and Out’s
Some carbon-based material or bulking agent, such as softwood shavings or peat, should be added daily or with each use. This gives the proper carbon–nitrogen mix, helps aerate the compost and prevents compacting. The help of a bulking agent aids in the composting process to produce good compost, faster.
Compost needs to be removed from the container when it is sufficiently decomposed. The frequency of removal depends on the size of container, how often the system is used, and local climatic conditions. The minimum ‘fallow’ period should be six months. This compost can be used as wonderful organic fertiliser dug into your garden or disposed of according to local council regulations.