New Study to Test Viability of Composting Toilets

Mar 24, 2017

Waterless composting of human waste is not a new idea. But in the modern world, it’s never been a popular one either. A new study of the latest models of composting toilets, getting underway here in Sonoma County, hopes to set the stage for changing attitudes toward them.

While the actual study of the efficacy of new composting toilets is just getting started, it required quite some time just to get permission to do it, reports the county’s James Johnson.

OAEC Staff members Miriam Volat and Brock Dolman stand outside a green-design dormitory building where a new composing toilet has been installed for the county-sanctioned study they are conducting.
Credit Bruce Robinson, KRCB

At the OAEC’s rural campus, explains Program Director Brock Dolman, the three new devices will be installed in three separate buildings to facilitate a side-by-side comparison.

The OAEC created this short animation to make the case for wider use of composting toilets (Warning: some language not suitable for broadcast).