How to Operate your Composting Toilet

There’s a lot of things you should be ready for you when you choose pit and composting toilets in your mobile home. Yes, there will be a lot of work, but if you’re big in being environment-friendly, then this option is definitely the best.

Using your composting toilet properly is important in order to prevent severe problems like foul odors and fly breeding. The correct usage of this type of toilet also helps in maintaining the beneficial bacterial action in producing compost.

Composting Toilet

How to Use a Composting Toilet:

After using the toilet, use a container or can in the shelter to sprinkle fine earth or ashes into the vault. The ashes soak up liquid, prevents odor, and stop fly breeding.

Throw your kitchen scraps and your house or yard sweeping dirt into the vault every night. You can also put in straw, sawdust, dried leaves, and grass clippings every week to cover up the vault contents.

Bacterial action will prevent the vault from over-filling, so don’t worry about it.

Once a week, clean your toilet by sprinkling powdered soil and ashes around the squatting hole and on the slab. Make sure you also replenish the supply of fine soil inside the box.

Important:

  • A composting toilet is different from the usual washroom. Do not pour water or any liquid into the vault so it won’t be soggy and smelly.
  • You can only put biodegradable materials. Non-biodegradables like textile, wood, metal, and glass will not break down into compost.
  • Wear gloves when handling compost.

Changing Your Vaults:

After about 6 to 12 months, your vault will be filled with waste and other material. You need to change to a new vault when the contents reach 8 to 10 inches below the squatting slabs.

To change vaults, fill the used vault with fine soil first. Then, remove the heavy lid from the empty vault and place it in the full vault. During the process, the contents will undergo composting as the empty vault is being filled.

Put in a layer of weeds, straw, sawdust, leaves, and other biodegradable materials into the empty vault. This new vault is then ready for use.