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.
• Duration: 1 day
• Upcoming dates: please see booking section below for all available dates
• Start and finish times: 10am to 4.30pm
• Fees: £70
• Includes: tuition and lunch.
• Terms and Conditions: You must be over the age of 18 years when this course starts.
• What to bring: we also strongly advise you to bring waterproof clothing.
What you will learn
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 has a BSc in Marine Biology and an MSc in Human Ecology. They have worked at CAT since 2011 on water resources and ecosystem services, and developed short courses, tours and workshops at CAT on human waste.
Beyond CAT, Fin facilitates the co-design and installation of low impact sanitation solutions for off grid homes, allotments, festivals and campsites in Wales, Scotland and Europe.
Recent projects include: an accessible composting toilet at Phytology; a UCL Bartlett School research project on Pee and Poo for Food; Global Gardens Cardiff on a composting toilet for their allotment plot; and an art project at The Clearing.