Originally Posted by Cathy P.
Water is our most precious resource, so I expect that more and more composting toilets will be used.
I was just listening to an NPR piece yesterday morning. The city of Prescott, Arizona pumps the water used in sewage treatment back into the underground aquifer that supplies the area (after treatment, of course). Itís part of the cityís efforts to meet a mandate to return as much water to the aquifer as it takes out by 2025.
Home composting toilets in rural and semi-rural areas may work at small scale. But it wonít work in cities, it wonít work at scale, and it doesnít work when youíre on the road.
Originally Posted by k corbin
The poop from those diapers is supposed to be flushed down the toilet before the diaper is placed in the trash.
Whether that commonly happens is another matter... In any case, diapers remain contaminated, and trash workers must handle appropriately. That was the point. No one is being blind-sided by fecal contamination in the solid waste stream, as Steve suggested.
Iím still of the opinion the public sewage system is better equipped to handle human waste in quantity both safely and environmentally responsibly. I wonít debate the best way to get it from your trailer into the sewer system. Every method (black tank, cassette toilet, porta-potty) is subject to mishandling. We do it by carrying it inside our bodies from our campsite to the nearest toilet. Based on the condition of some campground bathrooms, that method is subject to mishandling, too.