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JohnB



Joined: 09 Jul 2005
Posts: 685
Location: Beautiful sunny West Wales!
PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 11 10:43 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Andrea wrote:
We ban paper from the loo simply because it fills it up faster than it would without, and therefore means it needs digging out more often. Those stray bits which make their way down there anyway rot down just fine and are ultimately unidentifiable.

What do you do with the paper?

Andrea



Joined: 02 May 2005
Posts: 2260
Location: Portugal
PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 11 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

JohnB wrote:

What do you do with the paper?



Burn it.

Bulgarianlily



Joined: 01 Jun 2008
Posts: 1667
Location: South West Mountains of Bulgaria
PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 11 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That is why I like a bucket system, easy to deal with on a day to day basis rather than a big job once a year!

http://journeytoforever.org/farm_library/specialist.html

"It's a mighty sight better to have a little privy over a big hole than a big privy over a little hole. Another thing; when you dig her deep you've got 'er dug; and you ain't got that disconcertin' thought stealin' over you that sooner or later you'll have to dig again." Charles Sale

Mutton



Joined: 09 May 2009
Posts: 1508

PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 11 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We're keeping down the amount of paper we put down to the septic tank, and anything that was urine only goes into a sack. The paper goes into a mixed heap with floor cleanings from the goose hut (concrete base). Quite liquid and soaks into paper well.

Working towards a composting toilet because I don't want to lose the nutrients from the land.

Is it possible to take the contents out of a septic tank and turn it into a compost heap? Presumably mixing it with compost/soil/some other dry item for the liquid to soak into?

If we changed to a composting toilet and didn't put anything new into a septic tank, would the contents be usable straight out of the tank in a few years? Some of the contents are not our personal products - pre-date us. Not saying the pre-date people had anything nasty, but because its not something you can know, is there anything to worry about in human diseases lurking in it?

BTW - Cedar - Preferred wood for making beehives because it lasts so long.

One other question. We were running cat litter trays using "spent" compost - as in stuff that had tomatoes in it all summer so was quite used. Put the used by cats end results into plastic feed sacks for want of anywhere better.
Should this be heaved over to a heap and composted properly with air getting in? Or will it get there in the end left in the sacks?

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
Posts: 19023
Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 11 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have about 3 million toilets, we separate the liquid from the sludge and mix the solids with green waste and it composts dead quick. Occasionally causes a localised fog on cold mornings. You can see it here:

http://g.co/maps/8em7d

Jamanda
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Joined: 22 Oct 2006
Posts: 34918
Location: Devon
PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 11 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Behemoth wrote:
We have about 3 million toilets, we separate the liquid from the sludge and mix the solids with green waste and it composts dead quick. Occasionally causes a localised fog on cold mornings. You can see it here:

http://g.co/maps/8em7d


Bloody marvellous things sewage works. We still have issues with the pipeage going from town and across our land to get there, but once the stuff arrives it's a great system.

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
Posts: 19023
Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 11 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This is my favourite bit, it's a hydroturbine that generates power from the sewage flow as it comes into the works.

http://g.co/maps/grc7f

12Bore



Joined: 15 Jun 2008
Posts: 9088
Location: Paddling in the Mersey
PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 11 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Behemoth wrote:
We have about 3 million toilets, we separate the liquid from the sludge and mix the solids with green waste and it composts dead quick. Occasionally causes a localised fog on cold mornings. You can see it here:

http://g.co/maps/8em7d

Did you supply the slurry that ITV got into trouble for spraying over the Emmerdale set to make it look older? Hope you didn't overcharge for delivery looking at that map!

Jamanda
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Joined: 22 Oct 2006
Posts: 34918
Location: Devon
PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 11 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Here's ours.

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 11 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jamanda wrote:
Behemoth wrote:
We have about 3 million toilets, we separate the liquid from the sludge and mix the solids with green waste and it composts dead quick. Occasionally causes a localised fog on cold mornings. You can see it here:

http://g.co/maps/8em7d


Bloody marvellous things sewage works. We still have issues with the pipeage going from town and across our land to get there, but once the stuff arrives it's a great system.

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
Posts: 19023
Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 11 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not guilty your honour! Emmerdale left Esholt a few years back to a purpose built set on the Harewood estate.
http://g.co/maps/jpq56

12Bore



Joined: 15 Jun 2008
Posts: 9088
Location: Paddling in the Mersey
PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 11 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Aaah, just seemed so appropriate that they treated the set to a s4i7 spray, given the amount they send out.

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
Posts: 19023
Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 11 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jamanda wrote:
Here's ours.


Ahh bless. That central filter could do with a bit of a clean, unless the operators are growing tomatoes.

Treacodactyl
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Location: Jumping on the bandwagon of opportunism
PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 11 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Personally, now I could do with some decent environmentally friendly fertiliser, it seems too much of a waste to keep flushing it away. Hopefully early in the new year I'll sort something simple out in the garage to start with - a lidded bucket, simple frame and seat, and cart it off to our woodland to compost.

Kenworth



Joined: 04 Apr 2011
Posts: 855
Location: Michigan
PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 11 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
Personally, now I could do with some decent environmentally friendly fertiliser, it seems too much of a waste to keep flushing it away. Hopefully early in the new year I'll sort something simple out in the garage to start with - a lidded bucket, simple frame and seat, and cart it off to our woodland to compost.


http://www.rei.com/product/679029/reliance-luggable-loo

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