Originally Posted by Frederick L. Simson
I have news for you. Where do you think it goes after the dump station collects it?
It gets transported to a Waste-water Treatment Plant (By either pipeline or tank truck) where the "water" is separated from the "Biomass". (Official Government term for s**t.) The water is purified and returned to a river or the ocean (whichever is closer) and the "Biomass" is collected and loaded onto trucks which takes it to...
I know this because I service the truck scales at several southern California Waste-water Treatment plants where they weigh the "Biomass" carrying trucks.
Frederick, of course it doesn't just disappear! My point was that I think it's better to dispose of human waste at a dump station, a flush toilet or even vault toilet when you go camping. That way the effluent does get treated in some way. The fluid components will be treated at a waste water treatment plant to make them safe to return to our rivers, lakes and oceans. The sewage sludge is digested by anaerobic bacteria and is sometimes dewatered, heat treated or composted to further make it safe. The "biosolids", if properly handled, can be used in silviculture, agriculture or land reclamation rather than ending up in a plastic bag in a landfill. According to a 2010 article in Scientific American, about 50% of sewage sludge in America is reused so it doesn't all end up in landfills!