Turn Waste into a Resource with Human Manure

| 11/14/2016 11:40:00 AM

Tags: composting toilets, humanure, compost, waste management, off grid living, Sean and Monica Mitzel, Idaho,


Isn't Human Manure Taboo?

First, let me give credit to Joseph Jenkins and the Humanure Handbook for introducing us to the simplicity, resilience and the wisdom of using a dry composting toilet.

Let’s embark on the taboo subject of human manure! The problem of waste in an off grid or grid down situation is embarrassingly simple. Most people don’t consider waste when thinking about emergency preparedness.

Furthermore, when most people do consider waste they look at it as a problem and not a resource. Human excrement is actually not waste at all, we only approach it as waste. In permaculture you will often hear, “the problem is the solution.” In this case, the “problem” really is a solution and is, in fact, a great resource. Whenever we consult with clients on property analysis & design we always recommend a dry composting toilet. This takes a problem and turns it into a resource.

What is a Dry Composting Toilet?

A dry composting toilet (DCT) is a receptacle to catch waste (humanure) in order to recycle the organic matter. It requires no water, no digging of holes, no outhouse located 100 yards from the home and no chemicals. We told you it was embarrassingly simple.  

Why Should I Have a Dry Composting Toilet?

If you are on septic, having a DCT relieves pressure off the system, which extends the time between cleaning. If you have a low producing well a DCT relieves pressure off your well. If you are concerned about excess water usage a DCT saves about 15 gallons of potable water a day per person.

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