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Is a composting toilet as gross as it sounds?
Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012

Compost heaps are valuable to many households that want to increase eco-friendliness and beef up the soil nutrition in their gardens. It's a well-known fact that composted organic material like kitchen scraps, yard clippings and even manure are valuable soil additions, but can you imagine spreading a mix of your own waste over the dirt in your garden?

Well, the new composting toilets that are starting to emerge in the market can make that disgusting thought a reality. But are they really as gross as they sound? Composting toilets seem suspiciously similar to those campground outhouses that rely on a long stick, a sprinkling of lime and plenty of festering waste to handle our excretions.

According to Composting Toilet World, these innovative new household fixtures treat human waste by composting and dehydrating it to create an end-product that can be used to enrich the soil in backyard gardens. Many companies are starting to make these toilets and there are a wide variety of models available, all of which use little to no water.

This is good news for those who'd like to cut down on the amount of water that's used each day in their homes. After all, FOX News points out that 30 to 40 percent of your household water output is from toilet waste.

So, what are the benefits of a composting toilet, other than the ability to feed your plants with your waste? For starters, FOX News reports that a compost toilet is a great option for those who rely on septic systems, as these systems don't last forever and can run into a variety of issues. The toilets can relieve pressure on a septic system and help it last longer.

A composting toilet is also a wonderful choice for bathrooms that aren't already connected to a septic tank or sewer system because it costs a lot less to install them. This might be good for a pool house, a cottage in the woods or even an extra bathroom in your home - otherwise, the price might not be worth it for existing bathrooms with connections. Composting toilets are more expensive than regular models.

But what about the smell? Supposedly, these toilets are odor-free, relying on vent stacks, natural air movement or fans to expel the scent from your home. In addition, some companies provide an additive that ensures that your compost has aerobic rather than anaerobic bacteria, which is responsible for releasing those smelly gases.

While they might not sound very nice, composting toilets don't seem to be as gross as you might think!



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