A Beginner’s Guide to the Compost Toilet – Understanding the biology behind humanure
Get a foundational understanding of the principles, benefits and limitations of compost toilets.
This is not a building course but rather an overview of the components required to make a compost toilet system work, the biology of composting to maximise performance, and the cultural trends governing our attitudes towards toilets.
You will learn about Off the shelf systems from ‘bucket and chuck it’ to more advanced systems , as well as the impacts of urine separation and chamber layout on output quality and quantity.
You will also learn the requirements for planning permission, the management of greywater, safety, hygiene and discuss the ‘yuck’ factor.
The course is suitable for anyone with a practical interest in the compost toilet as a waterless soil generating technology, in creating public or private cost-effective low-maintenance amenities in remote locations, or where no other option is available.
Fin is a BSc in Marine Biology and MSc in Human Ecology working on water resources and ecosystem services at CAT since 2011, teaching and developing short courses, lectures, tours and workshops to engage people in a critical enquiry on human – waste – place relations.
Beyond CAT Fin facilitates the co – design and installation of low impact sanitation solutions for off grid homes, allotments, festivals and camp sites in Wales, Scotland and Europe, most recently collaborations include Phytology, Bethnal Green on an accessible composting toilet for a nature reserve; UCL Bartlett School research project on Pee and Poo for Food, looking at barriers to urban production and use of composted human waste as a fertiliser; Global Gardens Cardiff on a composting toilet for their allotment plot; and The Clearing at Compton Verney, an art project set in post climate collapse adaptation with workshops on Drink the Water and Make a Toilet.