A composting toilet is a form of “dry” toilet. These toilets are used by the environmentally-conscious as well as in situations where water or proper sewage systems are unavailable. Inside the toilet, you’ll find a mixture of materials used to promote aerobic processing – a method of digesting/breaking down the waste. This mixture often includes things like sawdust and peat moss which also work to absorb liquids and minimize odors.
Composting toilets produce, hold on to your hats folks, compost. Once the waste has been digested and cured, the resulting compost can be used to fertilize soil. Unsurprisingly, a number of mixtures and methods are applied to the composting process to eliminate potential health risks and maximize the fertilizing power of the soil.
Now you may be thinking “gross” and, you’re not entirely wrong. Yes, it is gross to think that your waste might be used to grow plants which you may then eat or feed to animals (which you then eat). But let’s be progressive for a second. This is not wildly different from what already exists. Our sewage often makes it out to the sea, potentially coming into contact with the fish we eat. Any time we fertilize our plants or eat the plants/animals who have been raised by fertilizer (directly or otherwise) we’re doing the same thing. The only difference is that it’s someone else’s waste.
With this in mind, consider using a composting toilet, even hypothetically, with a fresh set of eyes. It’s not as weird as you might think! Contact Tritan Plumbing for all your toilet and plumbing needs! We offer fast, professional, and friendly service. Call today!