Extreme Sewage Disposal: 6 Creative Ways to Get Rid of #1 & 2

By Sarah Zhang | March 1, 2012 10:32 am

  • Lile

    Compost toilets were not mentioned once.  This is the simplest, cleanest and most efficient way to get rid of waste – turn it into soil!  Technology is simple – can be done with a 5 gallon bucket and a wooden toilet seat.  I have used them for many years.  

    Soon enough someone is going to respond to this post with panic about sanitation.  Rest assured, study after study has shown that properly composted human waste does not spread pathogens – they are cooked out in the composting process.  My pile will typically get over 140F for a couple of weeks.  Here is a link to a village that uses this system community-wide. http://www.dancingrabbit.org/humanure.php

  • stan

    the toilet was a bad idea that wastes fertilizer and killed millions

  • Michael Angelo

    My neighbor Crazy Gail had a propane powered toilet in his log cabin near Denali National Park in Alaska in the early 1970′s.  He called it his “burn-em-up shitter”, and it worked well except that his wife refused to use it, even at -50.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pkooiman4 Peter Kooiman IV

    first your ass is backed up, then your toilet’s backed up…

  • Bob

    The problem is a matter of philosophy. When we are dealing with potential resources — collected methane,  plant nutrients, water distillation –  It becomes a matter of engineering rather than disposal. Burn it? Why consume resources when it makes more sense to utilize them

  • Anonymous

    FWIW: Traditionally and due to a warm climate, Hindus did not have toilets right inside a home. This was considered dirty and unhygienic til very recently. Even today, many old city flats have toilets to one side of the apt, not attached to bedrooms. Earlier, outhouses were on farms or in gardens/ yards. All the contents went directly into deep holes which were covered with earth daily and months later used as fertilizer. The toilets were shifted a little so the earlier lot could dry, become clean and manageable.  Manual scavenging was used by the Mughals and Muslim rulers to degrade Hindus, especially Rajput (warrior)  women and children, after their men were killed in war. Children were made to carry buckets on their heads. (Muslims had toilets inside their homes/zenana as the women were not allowed to go out.) This community was then considered unhygienic and untouchable due to their occupation. The British reinforced any untouchability/ degradation and used this community, even in their armies and homes to do the worst jobs.
    The Indian gov and companies have built modern public toilets in many places but the huge population overwhelms many such initiatives. Of course the world must use this resource as natural fertilizer and for methane, etc. 

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