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Re: Annapolis bans composting toilets for cruisers on hook?
I would never recommend putting the outflow of standard marine composters in food-growing gardens. Full composting takes far longer than most marine users allow. It certainly is possible to fully compost the material, but not if the head is in constant use.
Thereís a reason animal manure is used for farm fertilizer; it doesnít carry anywhere near the same level of pathogens that are dangerous to humans.
I dump my urine over the side most of the time. If Iím in a marina I sometimes take the jug to the land head, but otherwise it goes over the side. All the research Iíve examined says urine is nearly sterile (nothing is 100% sterile). The biggest environemental issue with urine is that it will add to the nitrogen level of the water, which can theoretically increase the propensinty to grown algae. But no living animal has zero impact on its environment. This is mine.
Just speculating here, but I wonder if the prohibition against urine dumping has to do with the fact that most marine heads mix feces with urine. This creates the toxic slurry that is so damaging. Makes bureauocratic sense to simply ban it all, but in the case of urine separation, it makes little environmental sense.
My compost bin typically lasts us (two adults, full time) about five weeks. It usually gets disposed of when out to sea, or off the beaten path in the forests that Iím usually anchored off of. I have had to use a dumpster three times. I do my best to bag it well, and to use a large bin.
Dumping into the urban trash system is the least desirable way for CH users to deal with their end product, but as has been said, it is certainly not worse than used diapers or tampons. In reality, itís probably better, since itís already slightly composted, and diluted. Remember, the solution to pollution is dilution.
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