Category Archives: composting toilet

Composting Christmas trees

Over the that last couple of weeks I have shredded 12 Christmas trees to make compost. That produced was about 0.75 cubic metre from the branches and tops. It was less than I expected and next year I will start collecting the trees earlier and aim for around 20. The main trunks were too thick for my small shredder and will have to go to green recycling.

The shredded material was mixed with a small amount of garden and kitchen waste. It was then damped down with a mixture of equal parts ‘universal compost activator ‘ or urine* and water.

The next day the bin had heated up to almost 23C. Not a big rise in temperature but considering we have been having sharp overnight frosts and cold days I am happy with the results so far.

* We are trying to reduce water consumption and would line to convert to either rainwater toilet flushing or composting toilets. The estimated average is 130 litres of drinking water, per household per day, is used to flush toilets!

Low tech water saving toilet

Saw a tweet today from “Environmental technology” about waterless toilets being the way to save water “… the answer to conserving the most precious resource on our planet – water. Nicknamed the Nano-Membrane Toilet, this completely waterless unit separates waste out into solid and liquid, before recycling and disposing of it effectively.”

In 2008 we had a composting toilet at the allotment, a box with a toilet seat and a bucket underneath. The instructions were simple: 1. make a deposit, 2. cover with sawdust 3. close the lid. When the bucket was full the contents were composted. There was no smell and no flies. I would gladly have one in the house!