How Do Composting Toilets Work In Tiny Homes
I’ll admit it—I had a lot of concerns when building my tiny house. One of the first things I worried about was how to do deal with the bathroom situation. Let’s face it, a toilet is something that we all need in our homes, no matter how large or small they are. That said, it’s definitely challenging to keep your tiny house clean and hygienic with a traditional (and gross!) toilet. While some people choose to not have toilets in their tiny home at all, many others prefer to use composting toilets instead. These are a more eco-friendly alternative that also save space and help keep your tiny home well-maintained overall.
So what is a composting toilet? Why should you install one in your own tiny home? And most importantly: how do they work? Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered with all of these important questions as well as everything else you need to know about composting toilets below! Plus, we’ve also included an overview of how much these nifty little additions will cost so you can plan for them ahead of time.
What is a Composting Toilet
If you’re looking for a way to reduce your environmental footprint on the planet and save money, composting toilets are a great option for your tiny home. Composting toilets do exactly what their name suggests—they break down waste into rich soil using aerobic bacteria. They are sanitary and odorless, with no need for any chemicals or additives like bleach or deodorizers (and without any of those chemicals leaching into ground water). The only thing you need to add is sawdust or shavings from untreated wood, which acts as an absorbent medium.
The goal of composting is always 100% breakdown: every single bit should be converted into soil in less than six months (the time it takes before most people would notice)
Types of Composting Toilets
- Types of Composting Toilets
There are three main types of composting toilets. The first type is the most traditional and uses a “bucket system.” This means that urine and feces go into separate containers, typically a bucket for urine, and another bucket for solid waste. The second type uses two chambers with an air space between them. The urine goes into one chamber while solid waste goes into another chamber. The third type is similar to the second type but without any air space between chambers; this creates faster breakdown times because there’s less oxygen in these models than others
How does it Work?
- How it works
- The process for a composting toilet is pretty simple. A small amount of water is added to the waste and it turns into an odorless, black material that you can use as fertilizer in your garden or flower beds.
- What makes a Composting Toilet Different?
- Unlike regular toilets, there are no chemicals involved so they’re better for both our bodies and the environment. They also help reduce water usage which can be important if you live in a place where resources are scarce (like an RV).
How Much will it Cost?
The good news is that composting toilets can be as affordable or expensive as you want them to be. The cost of a composting toilet will vary depending on the brand, but they can range from $200-$400. Generally, the larger your composting toilet, the more expensive it will be. Some models are designed to work with a larger bin capacity (up to 90 gallons) while others only hold 28 gallons at most. It’s also important to consider how much installation costs depend on where you live and how accessible your property is for getting a plumber out there quickly (you may want to hire someone who specializes in installing these types of systems).
- If you decide not to buy an off-the-shelf model and go with custom-built setup instead then expect costs around $2k-$4k depending on what kind of system you want set up for yourself.*
It’s important to keep your tiny house clean and hygenic, so learn how composting toilets work.
Composting toilets are not a new idea, but they’ve gained popularity in the past decade or so. They’re slowly being adopted by people who live off-the-grid and small house dwellers who want to reduce their waste footprint.
The majority of composting toilets work on a simple principle: when you go number two, instead of flushing it down the toilet, you add it to a bin that will then be used to fertilize your garden.
There are three ways that this happens:
- A dry system uses no water at all and separates solid waste from liquid waste so that only liquids get flushed away;
- A waterless system mixes both types of waste together before sending them into an underground tank;
- An aerobic system has an aerator that breaks up solids into smaller particles and allows air into the mixture for faster decomposition (this is also called “vacuum sealed”).
Composting toilets are a great way to turn you waste into something useful. A composting toilet is a simple piece of technology that can help you live sustainably and waste less.