Q. Is the timber used in the manufacture of the cubicles from a sustainable souce?
A. Yes, 98% of the timber used is FSC accredited.
Q. What is a compost toilet?
A. A compost toilet is a dry or waterless toilet, i.e. one that doesnt use water to take the waste somewhere else; it also allows natural processes to produce natural compost, after a resting period.
Q. Do they smell.
A. No, they dont smell. After each use, just drop a handful of 'soak' (straw or sawdust) into the toilet. This is because bacteria like to eat a balanced diet of carbon and nitrogen, and as human waste contains a lot of nitrogen, if they don't get enough carboniferous material (like sawdust, straw or shredded paper) they will give off excess nitrogen in the form of ammonia, which makes the loo smelly. Also the sawdust allows oxygen into the pile, and absorbs liquids. This allows the pile to decompose aerobically to produce nitrates, phosphates and sulphates. Without the sawdust the pile will decompose anaerobically and produce methane, ammonia and hydrogen sulphide - all very smelly and not very useful.
Human pathogens don't like conditions outside the human body, so almost all will be dead after a few hours. Only one type of roundworm egg can survive a year-long decomposition period, but even though it is a tiny risk, it is recommended using the compost on fruit trees and bushes, not on the vegetable garden.
Q. How long does it take for the solids to compost down?
A. It can take anything up to a year. It is necessary for the solids to be left for as long as possible before you start using it on your garden. . It needs air to help it decompose, so just leave it in the corner of your garden with the lid slightly loose and before you know it you have great compost for your plants.
Q. What are the benefits?
- the solid waste is dealt with on site, and doesn't have to be treated with chemicals in sewage farms, or end up in waterways;
- saves water - you don't have to use one resource (pure drinking water) to flush away another (fertilizer).
- organic matter is allowed to go back to the soil where it belongs, improving soil structure and nutrition.
- No need to use chemical cleaners or bleaches in the toilet.
Q. How do I pay for my compost loo?
A. You have two choices. You can pay online via our website shop or you can request an invoice which you can pay by Bank Transfer which will save you £50 on the purchase price.
Q. What is the delivery charge?
A. Delivery charges start at £85.00 but increases for certain areas, eg Highlands of Scotland. When you are ready to place your order please let us know your delivery address and we will give you a quote for delivery. If you are paying via the online shop, a separate invoice will be sent to you for any additional delivery charges over the £85 base rate.
Q. Is there any other versions available?
A. Yes, we also make a larger version which is 1200mm x 1200mm wide. This size is helpful if you have lots of children using the loo, so one adult can go into the cubicle with the child. The price of this size is £1,395.00.
Q. What about disabled access.
A. Our largest unit is 1550mm x 1550mm and is suitable for disabled access. The cost of these is £1,995.00 plus delivery. If you want more details of this one please contact us on 01269 871774.