Compost toilets are an environmentally friendly option for camping toilets. They are also useful where sewage hookups are unavailable. RVs use mobile
compost toilets designed for RVs or boats. Smaller than regular compost toilets, mobile compost toilets are self-contained and designed to withstand movement. Compost toilets are available from various manufacturers and come with all of the necessary equipment for installation. Most compost toilets have similar installation instructions. However, it is always best to refer to the compost toilet owner's manual before installation to find out the particular instructions for your brand of toilet.
Tips & Warnings
Measure your bathroom area before purchasing a compost toilet to ensure the toilet will fit.
Non-electric compost toilets are larger than electric models.
To avoid problems, choose a compost toilet that is recommended for the number of people who will be using it. If six people regularly use a compost toilet designed for two people, the toilet will overfill and fail to compost properly.
Electric compost toilets are designed to be used with a constant source of electricity available, even when the toilet is not in use.
Do not install a vent fan unless the fan will always have an electric source. A fan without electricity will block the vent pipe from removing toilet odors.
Compost removed from the compost toilet still contains viruses and bacteria, making it unsafe to use on edible plants.
Check the local area regulations on discarding compost from toilets. The Environmental Protection Agency warns that some areas have strict rules regarding compost toilet waste. For instance, some areas allow the waste to be disposed of only through burial or at a sewage treatment facility.
Article Written By Rose Kivi
Rose Kivi has been a writer for more than 10 years. She has a background in the nursing field, wildlife rehabilitation and habitat conservation. Kivi has authored educational textbooks, patient health care pamphlets, animal husbandry guides, outdoor survival manuals and was a contributing writer for two books in the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Series.