Will it smell? Can I save money? And will it create fertilizer?
Flushing our waste down the toilet is not the ideal way of utilising our precious and very limited water sources here in the Middle East. Moreover, the pollution that we are causing to our rivers and seas is becoming an increasing concern. Like the Jordan River nearly dead from human waste. What was once seen as a hygienic method of dealing with our waste has now been proven to be a dirty problem that needs solving. One possible answer is to replace your flusher with an independent compost toilet. There are many advantages to this change you can make to your life. Here are just a few.
1. You gain independence! Because you no longer need to be connected to the sewage system, you can build your toilet anywhere you like. This could be at the back of your garden, or perhaps another part of your flat, allowing you renovation flexibility.
2. Moreover, your water costs will be reduced. In fact this change in combination with other minor water changes that you make in your household can reduce water costs to up to 60%.
3. You can also recycle much of your household wastes via a composting toilet. Food scraps, paper, lawn clippings and grease from your grease traps and greywater systems can be composted back through the toilet.
4. Additionally, while only small in amount, the solid end product is a valuable human made fertiliser that can be utilised around trees and gardens. Some say that it can even be nutritious for your vegetable patch, although this is debatable and depends on a lot of factors.
If you are not knowledgeable or not interested in composting, don’t let this stop you. Once your new compost toilet is properly installed, you can regularly remove your waste to a bin outside or on your balcony and have the waste picked up and composted by the main initiators in Israel- The Way of Nature:
All is what you need to do to keep out bad smells, is throw sawdust on the opening after each visit to the loo.
There are lots of great reasons for making the change but the main one is environmentalism. By disposing of your own waste in a responsible manner you are thinking of your planet, inspiring others around you to do the same and protecting our future.
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