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Yes, civilized people DO live with compost toilets. Laurence Grant explains how to put waste to use.

Yes, civilized people DO live with compost toilets. Laurence Grant explains how to put waste to use.

When I first started talking about the idea of going "off-pipe" and bringing composting toilets into our homes, commenters scoffed, saying "Composting toilets are NEVER going to make it into the main stream market. Debating it is silly." and "No one will want this inside their house. I know this, because I still have a few teeth in my head and a few friends in town." But lots of people do; last year I stayed in Laurence Grant's house near St. Thomas, Ontario, which has a composting toilet as its only facility. I recently asked him how long he had been using it and when he said "seventeen years", I asked him to write about the experience. Laurence Grant/CC BY 2.0 Sun-Mar composting toilet installation, April, 2012. The wooden box at the back is a decorative copper lined tank from an old flush toilet. The round container on the floor is for bulking material used in the toile...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/bathroom-design/yes-civilized-p...

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