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Re: Compost Toilets

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Compost Toilets
  • From: Ariane Khachatourians <midge@buffmuthers.com>
  • Date: Mon, 07 Jun 2004 23:36:35 -0700

Hi--there are a few places that have compost toilets that I know of...

There was a really cool composting toilet at the Saltspring Island Hostel, where my boyfriend and I went for a weekend last summer. It was surprisingly un-stinky, and easy and pleasant to use--just go, and then cover with a scoop of peat. I'm not sure what they do with the compost afterwards though... here's their website (not really any info about the toilet)
And their email address incase you want to contact them about it.

City Farmer also has one, but I've never used it...there's a bunch of info and photos at their website

They also have some info posted about one of the new buildings at the University of British Columbia that uses composting toilets on a larger scale

Finally, there were composting toilets at Prince Edward Island Greenwich National Park. There's some info at the site for the company that made them:

Hope that helps!

Ariane Khachatourians
M.A. Candidate
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC, Canada

Monica Cox wrote:

Dear community gardeners:
I just sent off a request for info to you'all and forgot to include the [cg] in the subject line to identify my message as legitimate community garden mail. So realizing that most of you would delete the mail that I sent as junkmail or even as that containing objectionable content, I am recomposing the message here:
If received my request for information twice, well, just delete one, but still respond. I'm interested to know what some of you think about this subject.
I am investigating the use of compost toilets for our local Compost Specialist group, a group of Master Gardeners that create and demonstrate compost for area community gardens, the public, and for ourselves. I was wondering if any of you have compost toilets at your community gardens or know of any such toilets being used in your area. Is the composted humanure being used on vegetable plots, or how is it disposed of? What are some of the issues regarding management of these toilets? I have accessed Jenkins' "Handbook of Humanure" online as well as a few other websites regarding compost toilets for sale. However, I'd like to know of first hand experience with composting human waste that some of you may have. Thanks.
Monica in Cottage Grove, Oregon

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