Toilets that make compost: low-cost, sanitary toilets that produce valuable compost for crops in an African context

Toilets that make compost: low-cost, sanitary toilets that produce valuable compost for crops in an African context

How to construct compost-producing toilets

Most of the rural population of Africa does not have access to safe and reliable toilets. A good toilet, together with a safe reliable water supply and the practice of good personal hygiene can do much to improve personal and family health and wellbeing.

This manual outlines how to build a range of toilets that can produce compost. The range spans from low cost toilets which can be built by anyone who has learnt the basic construction methods to much more complex toilets which require a builder for construction.

Background information and step by step instructions are given for two types of toilets: the Arborloo and the Fossa alterna. Photographs and diagrams are included to show the different stages of construction and how the final product should look. In addition instructions are given for the proper handling and use of the compost generated by the toilets.

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