COMPOST TOILET – A WAY TO CUT DOWN ON WATER CHARGES – 3rd wk in April 2014

Having moved to a bigger exposed plot we need to plant more trees to shelter our kitchen gardening from the wind blowing in from the Saltee Islands. One way to encourage tree growth is  a mulch in the spring with well rotted compost or manure.

With this in mind, it was great to check out a clean and smell free compost toilet in the Eco-Village in Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary recently. If one has the space and is even a mediocre handyperson, a compost toilet is a good idea. No flushing of litres of drinking quality water after answering Nature’s call will save money once the water charges kick in. The resulting good compost for mulching the trees can also save money, previously spent  on buying  bags of commercial compost

This compost toilet has a two chamber concrete block base. One chamber is in use which the other is closed to allow contents to compost for a year before becoming  useable as a tree mulch.

This compost toilet has a two chamber concrete block base. One chamber is in use which the other is closed to allow contents to compost for a year before becoming useable as a tree mulching material.

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Once we finish building the cob oven, the construction of a compost toilet like the Tipperary model in the picture will be next on the project list.

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