Its ok if you read the title of this blog and were a little confused. I was too when I first started at Dunster House. It was only when I looked into it a bit more that I understood how useful these toilets are to places without access to local water sources or amenities. It could be a town that has suddenly been struck by devastation (perhaps a job for our Humanitarian department) or as simple as local allotments. In fact, we’ve just sent a large number of these to Ealing Council for exactly that reason.
So, what is a Composting Toilet? At its most basic, the Composting Toilet is a toilet that you would primarily use in the same way as one you would find at a festival. It has a sink to wash your hands, lights for when its dark and even a urinal. That is where the similarities end.
The biggest difference you will notice is how your waste is removed. In conventional toilets, it is simply flushed away never to be seen again. However, the compost toilet allows you to reuse waste. Whilst you are doing your business, your waste is separated via a urine diversion system (UDS). The unique design separates solid and liquid waste, with the solid waste being placed in a wheeled bin or storage unit (supplied by you) underneath. This is then left to turn into compost, full of valuable agricultural nutrition which, when used as a fertiliser, will help your garden or allotment grow better than ever before. By storing it in a wheeled bin, you won’t ever have to come into contact with the material itself (we strongly advise you to not have direct contact due to the disease transmitting bacteria found in it). The Composting Toilet comes with two toilet seats so, when you are finished with one and the bin is full, you can close the lid and use the second one.
We know public toilets can smell unpleasant which is why our Composting Toilet is such a breath of fresh air for the industry (pun intended). We researched why the odour occurs, it is caused by the bacteria from solid and liquid waste mixing in one toilet bowl. By separating the two immediately, something our UDS system does, we prevent the fermentation process to reduce the smell.
The framework of the toilet itself is made from Wood Plastic Composite (WPC). This material is very low maintenance, easy to wipe clean so you won’t spend a lot of time trying to help it keep its high-quality finish. The durable material is much lighter than timber which makes transport through rural areas a lot easier – this is further helped by the fact that our toilets are delivered to you in flat pack form so you can choose where you would like to build it. Ideal for outdoor use WPC is resistant to extreme temperatures such as those high above, or drastically below, zero, high winds, heavy sun exposure (harmful UV rays) and whatever other weather can be thrown at you.
In the second paragraph, I briefly mentioned working lights and sink within the toilet. These are powered via a solar panel, meaning that it can be used on off grid locations without access to an electricity supply. This solar panel not only powers an electric water pump so you can wash your hands but also a 12v light so you will feel more comfortable when using the toilet – especially in the winter time.
To order one of our toilets; for Humanitarian or domestic use such as allotments, farms, festivals, campsites, recreation areas and even holiday homes, visit our website or call our team on 01234 272 445.