Are Composting Toilets Dangerous?

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What Is a Composting Toilet?

A composting toilet is a common type of “dry” toilet that you can use without additional water or connection to a plumbing system. You can often find it in places where water is scarce or where a traditional plumbing system would be impractical. That includes remote campgrounds, off-grid homes, or RVs and camper vans.

How Do Composting Toilets Work?

For users, a composting toilet isn’t too much different than other types. The waste naturally falls into the storage container by weight or is released with a handle or button. In most cases, users will add a small amount of additional material like peat moss or sawdust before or after they go. That’s removed with the waste to the composting chamber. Some models allow or require users to “stir” the composting mixture in the chamber with a crank handle or other mechanism, properly aerating it for the next steps.

Are Composting Toilets Safe?

When used correctly, composting toilets are very safe. For many, the primary concern lies in handling human waste, which carries many viruses and other harmful pathogens. This, after all, was among the primary reasons sanitation came to be! But a properly operated and maintained composting toilet safely dispatches these harmful substances. That’s done through the use of “good” bacteria and microorganisms.

What Are the Benefits of a Composting Toilet?

The primary benefit of a composting toilet is the lack of water or traditional plumbing. This allows owners to install them just about anywhere. The composting process also eliminates much of the unpleasant odor associated with other water-free toilet systems. Composting toilets are also great for those looking for an eco-friendly option for disposing of their waste or who want to reap the benefits of nutrient-rich composting material.

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