A composting toilet is a great addition to your house, cabin, lodge, rv, boat, or mini-house. If you are on the hunt for an alternative crapper, then most likely have many questions and that need to be answered. If you read on, you will find the answers to the top three questions we here from potential customers in the same situation you are in now.
How does a composting toilet work?
The basic workings of a composting toilet are similar to that of a garden compost bin. Aerobic decomposition is used to convert organic substances into natural, nutrient rich soil. The bi-product can be used for your lawn and garden. In this type of toilet, instead of forcing the waste out a sewer or septic line with water, it is mixed with dry organic substances like peat moss and sawdust. This balances the compost and helps to completely break down the waste more efficiently.
Several modern compost toilets speed up the composting process even further by separating and evaporating the liquid waste, while sending the solid waste to a separate container to be broke down into compost.
What are the benefits?
You save thousands of gallons of water each year. Composting toilets do not use water. Some larger systems can be used with low water toilets, but in general most composting toilets use exactly zero gallons of water each year.
No need for expensive septic systems or city water and sewer hookups. You can literally put a composting toilet anywhere you want.
Less odor. Believe it or not, in most cases, composting toilets create less odor than traditional toilets. In modern composting toilets, there is often a small fan running in the exhaust system that creates a very low vacuum. This vacuum ensures any odors will go directly out of the home and not into the bathroom. Another reason composting toilets generate less odor is that most typical human waste smell occurs due to the mixing of liquids with the solid waste. Composting toilets separate and evaporate the liquids, therefore the solid waste is less offensive smelling from the start.
Safe reusable byproduct. Unlike traditional toilets, composting toilets do not send raw sewage back into the environment. All the byproduct from a compost toilet can be reused and handled safely.
How much does it cost?
The cost of a composting toilet can run anywhere from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars depending on your needs. A good average cost for a self contained unit would be around $1500.
That price may cause a few seconds of sticker shock to some, but when compared to the money saved on the water bill or the cost of having a septic system put in, it really is a low barrier to entry and a great alternative.
Did I miss something?
What else would you like to know about composting toilets? If I missed anything or failed to answer any questions you might have, please feel free to comment and I will do my very best to answer any questions or comments.