The Amazing benefits of composting toilet

It may come off to many people as being somewhat primitive and downright disgusting. However, composting toilets are from that. There are many great benefits that arise from using a composting toilet.


There are two common ways to which we can use a toilet. Which are the most widely used method of the sewage toilet and the compost toilet? The sewage toilet, though faster due to the mechanical background of the toilet system, in the end, does the same task as the compost toilet – which is to turn waste into compost.


So if the sewage toilet system is much faster, why even think about using a compost toilet? Well, this is what this article is meant to convince you of.


What is a compost toilet?

composting toilet

A compost toilet is a toilet that is waterless. What does this mean, you may ask? Well everyone is quite aware of what a flushing toilet is. They are in almost everyone’s home and they have been the predominant means by which many people get rid of their waste.


However, compost toilets are the complete opposite. They are toilets that convert our waste into compost for our own future use. Compost toilets turn the waste into a hummus-like substance that can be used to enrich the soils.


There is no plumbing, no water, no flushing. Compost toilets are ALL NATURAL. It is very much like a little ecosystem that has the ability to separate the urine from the excrement. This is pretty amazing.


How do I you use Compost toilets?


Flushing toilets are much more convenient as they simply do away with our waste. With Compost toilets, there are several steps that on needs to take in order to reap the benefits’ of removing one’s waste.


Outlined in the coming paragraphs are the steps that are needed in properly using a compost toilet.


Step 1: It is very important that you read the manual a few times to have a clear understanding of how you should use the compost toilet.

Step 2: After you have read the manual, the next thing that is required is that you spray down the inside of the compost toilet with activator fluid. After that dump in about half a sack of sphagnum peat moss.

Step 3: After you have poured the peat moss in – the next step is to add two quarts of warm water with a package of microbe mix to kickstart to the whole process.

Step 4: Rotate the drum, which is in the bottom of the seat, every three to four days. It is important to spin it moderately as too little rotation will allow the contents inside to sit and settle. whereas, too much spinning will not allow the bacteria to do their jobs. So remember MODERATION!

Step 5: Once the contents of the compost toilet have reached about two-thirds it is now time for you to process the compost. The handle is able to turn counterclockwise which will release a trap door that will expel the content inside.


After you have followed these steps, you will be able to use your compost for your soil and improve the overall soil condition. Laborious as it may sound, for many people who have a fondness for gardening or who have an affinity towards the mother earth, this is, by all means, one of the most efficacious ways of dealing with one’s waste.


The ability to use your waste and enrich the soil to which you tend not only makes the person connected to the earth and the land but the level of self-reliance that comes with maintaining and tilling the land with your own sweat, blood, tears and uh….. waste, really brings pride and joy o some people.


Other types of toilets and why Compost toilets are a better option


Pit Latrines

Pit latrine

source: wikipedia

Pit latrines are just what they sound like, long it’s in the ground where an individual is able to release their waste.




• The benefits of this particular type of ‘toilet’ are that it forces an individual to defect in a much more natural state.

• Minimizes the risk of water pollution




• Where the pit latrine fails in comparison to the compost toilet is in the area of how it utilizes the waste.

• The smell, unlike the compost toilet, is not masked

• Doesn’t convert feces into dry substance


Flush Toilets

Flush Toilets

source: wikipedia

Flush toilets are the toilets that many individuals are familiar with. They are in almost every house.




• Easily deposes of human waste in a quick and timely manner

• The waste all ends up to be used as compost later on




• Dilutes the excrement

• Creates wastewater streams which for majority of the time has to be treated



Squat toilet

source: wikipedia


Squatters are very much similar to the pit latrines. They are basically just a hole in the ground. However, in certain places, there are modernized squatters that have to flush the waste right down into the sewer system.




• Like the pit latrines, the squatting position is much more natural way of defecting




• Somewhat uncomfortable, especially for those who have used a flush toilet their whole lives.


Final thoughts


Compost toilets are not for everyone, and this probably goes without saying. But Compost toilets can be a money saver.


Compost toilets use no water or power, you save on your water bill. Furthermore, compost toilets and this may come as surprise to many people, have fewer odors than a traditional flushing toilet.


Once a person has released their bowels the compost toilet starts to go to work and the smell that is most often found in flushing toilets does not linger around.


The waste is not only great for the soil but is incredibly useful for plants. In fact, the is a great source of food for many plants. Many individuals use their compost in the garden to grow some of the most beautiful arrays of flowers.


It may not be for everyone but in the end, you can’t knock it until you have tried it. The compost toilet offers a myriad of benefits with very little concerns.

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