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Quote: "Hmmm, the manuals for these toilets specifically warn not to dump in food gardens due to potential bacterial contamination.
The research that you quoted outlines very specific conditions required to make the poo safe. It's not likely that many will meet these requirements.
It's amazing that you can just filter out the material that doesn't work for you.
It's sad that you have no regard for the larger community around you and feel the world is your toilet. It's the few bad apples like this that cast a bad light on all boaters. All it's going to take is for this to impact one person and a whole new public crusade against boaters, cruising and anchoring will ignite.
As a modern society we have achieved processed sewage systems so that waste does not have to be dumped in the public domain. "
I'm trying to understand both sides of the argument here. Are we discussing the practicality of the composting head, legal issues or what to do with the waste when it comes time to dispose of it? It is very easy to directly attack someone's opinion, especially when there are facts that support both idea's. Lets try and stay objective here.
All points are valid depending on which point of view you are looking at it from. From what I have understood;
Does the airhead/natureshead make the waste safe to put in your childs sandbox? NO
Is composting bad for the environment? NO
Do some people dump raw waste into places where they should not? YES
Does everyone do this? NO
Are composting toliets better than traditional heads? OPINION
Are they more convenient- or less? OPINION
Due to modern public health standards, would putting a composting head in everyone's house be a good idea? MOST LIKELY NO
Could they work on a small scale within boats? I DONT KNOW- BUT MY OPINION IS YES. My reasoning is that when properly handled, the waste can be disposed of in a safe area that will have no impact on society. The same reasoning that prevents me from dumping porta potties in the parking lot.
Now, first let me say that personal freedom is of an extremely high value to me. I am adamantly against anyone imposing laws or rules on me because of what they perceive as being right. So though I do take offense to the idea that composting heads should be banned I will remain objective and try to understand your point of view. My opinion is that when properly handled, composting heads are no worse than any other type of head. Of course there will be people who abuse this equipment. Either from ignorance or simply not caring. We cannot control these people. They are the same type of people that throw their Mcdonalds bags out the car window at stoplights. My views on how to handle these people will not be discussed here.
So, HContent, what are the facts that cause you to stand against the theory of composting heads? Should there be better instructions included with the devices to explain how to properly handle the waste?
Someone elses post about three day old turkey in the trash makes a good point. No trash is safe to roll around in. So what are some suggestions?
I understand that a properly operating head does in fact work well. I have had them on 7 different boats. My only bad experience was with the 36 Y/O system on the recently purchased boat. And yes, the experience did turn me off a little. However, I am still not convinced that an airhead/natures head would be so horrible that my world would change because of it's use......
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