Composting toilets are also called “dry toilets” as they do not use water for flushing. They recycle the collected human waste through the processes of decomposition and evaporation. They do so by giving a great condition for bacteria and fungi to compost the excrement.
Not like the traditional toilets we often see in homes, composting toilets are not connected to a septic or sewer system. Here, the liquid in the waste is allowed to evaporate while the remaining solid materials are converted as fertilizer.
1. Easy installation
As mentioned, these types of toilets do not need to be connected to a sewer system which means that they can be installed in any location. In fact, they are preferred in areas like national parks, farms, eco-tourism resorts, holiday cottages, and rural homes. Also, they are not permanent fixtures which means that they can be easily removed or transferred.
2. Less water consumption
Composting toilets do not require water for flushing. This is perfect for places where there is no reliable source of water as well as in communities where there is low water pressure. This is also the preferred choice even for urban households who wish to conserve water.
3. Minimal maintenance
After installing the composting toilets, you no longer need to worry. It will basically take care of itself. It eliminates the water content and urine while allowing microorganisms to decompose the solid matter. The entire toilet system is simple and basic. Hence, you do not need to worry about constant cleaning and maintenance.
4. Cheap installation
Since these toilets do not need to be connected to a septic or sewer system, they do not need a lot of requirements when installing. Also, they are affordable to purchase and do not need expensive experts to install. Typically, you can purchase an entire toilet for less than a thousand dollars and even less to install them.
If you are willing to learn, you can even install your own composting toilet. There are online materials you can read or watch for free. This makes these toilets easily accessible to everyone in the world across geography and economic class.
5. Less space
Since there is no need for water, composting toilets can be installed even in small spaces. This can be the best choice for homes or sheds with limited space. Alternatively, they can be installed outdoors, where you can built a simple cover using light, inexpensive materials.
6. Good for the soil
The end-products of a composting toilet are rich in nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. These nutrients add to the fertility of the soil. They can be used instead of inorganic fertilizers, which can be harmful to the environment. It is the best choice for individuals looking for an environment-friendly source of fertilizer.
In residential and urban areas, the compost can be used for gardening and fertilizing trees, vegetables, flowers, and other plants. The money to be used in purchasing manure and fertilizer can be used for other important purchases.