Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: Annapolis bans composting toilets for cruisers on hook?
I have used my built-in composting head for a few years now and would never go back to a slurry of obnoxious chemicals and liquidized waste sloshing around in a tank, waiting to be pumped into a municipal sewer treatment facility which may actually overflow and dump it all into a river somewhere anyway(with no penalty). My guess is that those with negative opinions are people who have no actual experience with this method of disposal and would rather carry around fifty gallons of sloshing, mixed sewage. Each to their own.
Cleanout of composted material only happens about once a month if cruising full time with two people. The composted material is about as smelly and obnoxious as peat moss. Those who's scientific theories suggest that composting has not occurred are simply wrong. Maybe it's a difference in sampling or testing but composting most certainly does happen in between cleanouts. It can be stored easily for disposal weeks or even months later if need be. The stuff does not have to go into some small dockside container. I have never noticed any explosive gas issue but appreciate that it may be an issue. I suspect that with wet, mixed urine compost this may be more likely.
Pee MUST be separated from #2. If it is not, a really smelly mess will occur. So pee needs to be stored as well. A 5 gallon water container (clearly marked as such:-) takes a LONG time to fill. It can easily be poured down a toilet of offshore.
Places to dispose of compost would be great but is probably not necessary except for maybe places like Marathon, where many people live aboard boats. It sounds as if the Annapolis situation is a knee-jerk reaction to pollution in the harbor in general. I have used the moorings there a number of times and would not like to see Annapolis become another Stuart/Okeechobee where skull and crossbones signs appear to warn people not to get splashed by the water!
Note:Coir is absolutely the only material to use in composters. It somehow begins the composting process much faster than peat or other materials and is much more effective. One large compacted block will last a year.
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