Originally Posted by hellosailor
"There is no way that having a compost pile in my back yard that I use to compost my personal waste is a health threat... But in fact, it's illegal."
So, you're fairly certain that your compost pile will generate sufficient heat to sterilize the waste. And in the interim, no critters will get in, no rain run-off will get out, no incidental pathogens are going to be transported out of the pile, or survive the process. Like, on your pitchfork while you're turning it.
You know, it wasn't so long ago that big cities were decimated by fecal contamination of water supplies, among other health problems. The current bans on sanitray waste have all pretty much evolved from "Well what can we do to make sure THAT never happens again?"
And they're designed to work for everyone. If you're good enough to work without them--they make no allowance for that. Laws get applied to everyone, especially when their purpose is to prevent plagues and epidemics.
As the Roman soldier allegedly said to Christ while carrying the cross "Son, I don't care who you are. NO PERMIT NO PARADE."
I am fairly certain that the pile will generate sufficient heat to kill dangerous pathogens. And what the heat doesn't kill, time will.
Critters, other than the desired one's, aren't really attracted to composting humanure. I only add food scraps when I empty my bucket. Which is once every two weeks. However, my compost pile is in a wire enclosure anyway.
My compost pile is covered by a roof so leachate isn't an issue.
The compost never gets turned. New material is added to a depression in the top center of the pile and then covered with clean straw, sawdust, leaf mulch or grass clippings. Or a combination of the above.
I do use a pitch fork and no, I'm not worried about transferring disease from my pile to another part of my yard where the dog and cats and chickens roam.
For one thing, I'm not diseased and I wash my hands. Whether I'm playing with compost, petting my animals or touching a door knob in a public place, I figure that I'm picking up germs. (or leaving them) So I wash my hands. Just like I do after I use my CMT or any other toilet in the world.
You have been conditioned to fear the natural. Don't be so paranoid.
Lastly, I don't need no stinking permit.