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Re: composting toilet report
I 'm not sure it I am breaking any rules because I am the designer and builder of the C-Head, but I just wanted to address some of the issues that have been brought up regarding composting toilets for boats, in general.
As I have previously stated when discussing composting toilets, it is absolutely true that "composting" toilets sold on the boating market do not compost waste. If anything they "precompost" but that is of little importance because boaters don't compost their waste anyway. They discard it. A "composting" toilet for boats is more correctly called a "mouldering" toilet. People use composting toilets on boats for a couple of reasons. Odor control, ease of installation and maintenance, and freedom to spend extended time in sensitive areas with no pump-out service.
The observation was made that composters (if you will) dump solid waste in the water because it is easy. Well first, it is not easy and second, composted s*** floats so in fact, they don't usually throw it overboard without incriminating themselves or fouling their boot tops. Holding tank owners dump illegally, regularly and that is the worst kept secret in the world.
I do not believe that throwing bags of s*** in the dumpster at the marina is either a good idea or a sustainable one. The best system uses 5-gallon plastic buckets that you treat with a cup of chlorine bleach before sealing them up with a locking lid and discarding them. Biodegradable buckets are available. All composting toilet users should follow this practice. Incidentally, you can store a month and a half's waste for two people in a five gallon bucket using a composting toilet as compared to pumping out every week with a holding tank system and having the privilage of paying for it too.
Urine is easily deodorized with a shot of Campa-chem, easily disposed of and truthfully is not much of an issue. Hope this is helpful.
Last edited by fireboat52; 06-04-2012 at 06:29 PM.