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Compost Sanitation in Post Earthquake Haiti

Compost Sanitation in Post Earthquake Haiti

Joe’s on fire for this presentation… I wonder if it’s because it’s for the U.S. Composting Council, and my guess is he has to be sharp for those folks.

I wonder how supportive the U.S. Composting Council is of the best composting process you can be involved with…would be fun to write them about it (just did).

I wish I had the cover materials available that they do in Haiti… tons and tons of sugar cane bagasse.

He has 15 gallon buckets in use here, with the front of the compost toilet open.  I fill my 5 gallon bucket pretty quickly and would love to try a 15 gallon.  I guess the front is open so you don’t have to pick it up as high…might be pretty heavy to move.

I just want more people to see how great this process is, and hope to get more people doing it.  It’s too easy and too beneficial to ignore.

Gotta go, just saw my neighbors putting leaf bags out to the curb…


Adding Humanure Compost to A Garden (video)

Adding Humanure Compost to A Garden

Jenkins adds material to one compost bin for a year, then switches to the second bin for year two.  At the end of year two, the contents of the first bin are ready to use for gardening.  Pathogens are not present.

It’s pretty awesome that he’s been doing this for 30+ years with no issues at all…safe to say he knows what he’s talking about!

Humanure Compost Toilets at a Music Festival

Humanure Compost Toilets at a Music Festival

The commentary on this one is unanimous: Compost toilets worked wonderfully, even at a 500 person music festival.  I wonder what to do when you have a festival somewhere that doesn’t have a spot for a compost pile nearby…perhaps a pile that stays on a flatbed?

Compost toilets don’t smell.  Use sawdust.  It masks the smell best, and it smells good as it is.

Compost toilets don’t use nasty chemicals like what is found in your typical porta-potty.

There’s little to no bugs.  After several days of using porta-potties, the smell and amount of bugs is pretty nasty.

This video was five years ago…I wonder how many other events have taken on this system… if this doesn’t sell you on how great humanure composting is, I don’t know what will.

Compost Toilet System (video)

Compost Toilet System

In the spirit of humanure composting, I started looking at other videos on Youtube besides those created by the master Joseph Jenkins to see what’s happening.

After reading Humanure Handbook twice, it was interesting to see this system in place and wonder where they adapted it from.

My main question is simply why they go to all the trouble of having dozens of buckets sitting around with small quantities of material in them when they could just build two 5’x5’x5′ compost bins and do it that way instead.  Either way, composting is composting and it’s great to see this going on.

Also, regarding their compost toilet, she mentions the only odors being from when there’s too much urine…this can simply be solved by adding more cover materials.

I started humanure composting recently, and my main challenge has simply been collecting enough cover materials (sawdust, specifically).  Once I can get a good sawdust hookup, I can finally devote myself entirely instead of every once in a while.  Unless you have a good supply of cover materials, the process will not work.

I’ve even started feeling funny when I use the toilet now… I’ve been viewing each dump as an opportunity lost, so I know I’m hooked!  After only adding one 5 gallon bucket’s worth of humanure to my compost pile, the temperature shot up to just shy of 130 degrees within a few days and stayed there, which is simply awesome.

By the way, if you haven’t read Humanure Handbook it will truly throw your head for a spin, which is always needed.  The first chapter is super heavy and a great reality check, and the best is how thoroughly researched it is to back it up.  It’s right up there with Rubbish! as being my all-time favorite book for sure.  I guess I should write a full-on book review to really hit it home how essential this book is…

Ecological Sanitation in Haiti, by GiveLove.org, 2010 and 2011

Ecological Sanitation in Haiti, by GiveLove.org, 2010 and 2011

This video is a beautiful demo of how sanitation needs to be handled.  One 3’x6′ bin a month for 1,000+ people?

Think about that- no water contamination, no need to exert any kind of energy other than collecting your woodchips, carry the buckets and adding them to the compost pile.

This is the future.