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Re: Composting Toilets vs. Holding Tank
It's not a moral or ethical issue Godot. All feces carries pathogens, but human feces carries pathogens of paricular concern to humans. It's dangerous stuff. It's why developed countries put so much effort and resources into treating our sewage waste. It's the main reason our life expectancy in the developed world has shot up -- because we no longer swim in our own poop.
When I grew up I was taught to dump poop out of a disposable diaper before dumping it into the trash. Its been a long time since I've had to change any diapers, but is that no longer done?
You're quite right about the quality of modern landfills. They are designed with impermeable barriers, and are well monitored to try and ensure that toxic waste does not migrate into nearby ground water. That's good, but we all know that these solutions are not perfect (nothing is). It's still far better to divert toxic waste from landfills. Given that we already have well-functioning and easily accessible sewage treatment systems in place, it seems a no-brainer to ask people to use them.
Well I don't think dumping the poop out of the diaper is going to help much as there is a lot of it in diaper as well. I don't think putting feces into the solid waste stream is going to hurt anything. Certainly it is biodegradable, and of much less concern then most of the rest of the solid waste. Of course once there is a cap put onto the landfill there is essentially no bio-degradation.