We are in poop denial. Human poop denial. We flush, flush, flush, and create sewage which in turn creates nasty situations like don’t swim in the ocean for 72 hours after it rains. This is not okay folks.
Gardeners are happy to compost chicken poop, horse poop, goat poop, sheep poop, all kinds poops but the composting stops at human poop.
There is a very simply remedy: The Humanure Toilet.
Humanure composting in less than 100 words
Humanure toilet set-up includes: toilet box, toilet buckets, biofilter material such as saw dust, peat moss, or rice hulls, long handled brush, composting bins, and coarse cover material such as straw.
Composting process: after each toilet use cover deposit with biofilter material, buckets are emptied into compost pile, scrub and rinse bucket with water using care to put water into compost pile, cover compost pile with coarse cover materials until nothing is offensive to the eyes or nose, continue to make deposits for 1-year then age pile for 1-year, then the compost is ready for use.
Important note: Please refer Joseph Jenkin's book The Humanure Handbook to learn and understand all the nitty gritty of humanure composting!
Humanure composting is nothing akin to sewage. Sewage is poop in water along with whatever else folks thought should be flushed or washed down the drain.
Humanure composting is the wonderful aerobic composting of both human poop and urine along with food scraps and garden trimmings. We are returning nutrients and moisture to Mother Earth.
- Joseph Jenkins (2005). The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure. Chelsea Green Publishing. ISBN: 9780964425835.