Composting toilet compromise
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Most humanure systems use a 5 gallon bucket to collect the product, and
for the longest time Anna kept trying to talk me into one of these
fancy, composting toilets. I kept visualizing a less than happy picture
of such a system and wondered if the juice was worth the squeeze when
it comes to trading yuckiness for usable organic matter.
Regular readers to the blog
will know how serious Anna takes her compost, and I knew she would
eventually wear me down if I didn't come up with a better solution.
"How about locating the latrine
near fruit trees?....once their roots mature enough they can find the
organic bounty and turn it into delicious snacks. We can add leaf
matter and bio-char to make it more balanced."
It only took her a few
minutes to see how a more simple approach would save us time and
decrease the yuck factor. It's been a few years since then, and I'm
ready to call the experiment a success.