We have just shipped 100 of our urine separators for Compost toilets to a distributer in Cape Town. If you are thinking about way to help with the water shortage in South Africa, then using a waterless compost toilet must be top of the list. By using a compost toilet you will be preserving this precious resource every time you go to the loo.
He are some pictures of a fantastic new composting toilet block that has been constructed by a voluntary organisation called Haiti-kinderhilfe on the Caribbean island of Haiti, providing vital facilities for local primary school children.
Haiti is one of many Atlantic islands to suffer the effects of hurricanes and severe weather patterns, where there has been devastating damage caused to infrastructure, including schools and sanitation systems.
Composting toilets are the ideal solution in areas that do not have mains sewerage or a reliable electricity supply. These composting toilets have been designed for use by primary age children and are fitted with the we-pee urine separator, which allows effective composting of both the liquids and the solids and ensure no smells.
We are launching the latest version of our urine separator for composting toilets, which now includes a lip as standard and an integrated strainer over the funnel end.
The lip at the back of the separator prevents urine spilling into the solids container and the strainer ensures no sawdust blockages in your pipe work. The strainer can be removed independently of the separator for easy cleaning.
Just got these photos from a client in Germany who ordered one of our urine separators to build a compost toilet.
Dear Free Range Design,
here are some pix from our new dry toilet, everything works fine with you separator! Thx a lot!
We have just posted a urine separator to a client in New Zealand who has a business making portable compost toilets for emergency situations.
Urine separators posted to New Zealand typically take between 7-12 days to arrive. We post our separators the following day from ordering so there is no delay on our side.
Get in touch if you would like to get our free plans on how to make a compost toilet box.
Some feedback just in of a sighting of a we-pee separator in Portugal (in an “Adubo de compostagem”) …
Here it has been used in a waterless composting toilet on a remote mountainous site in Portugal.
Composting toilets are the ideal sanitation solution for off-grid locations without electricity, running water or sewage systems. Separating the urine from the solids with a urine diverter is the key to producing great useable compost from the system and eliminating smells.
Permaculture projects in Portugal are popular with the great growing climate, and dry toilet systems go hand-in-hand with natural, ecologically conscious principles.
Here is an innovative DIY composting toilet made on a farm in the south of France using the we-pee urine separator and an old butter churn. Simple, attractive, original and effective!
Voici des toilettes sèches innovantes, fait main sur une ferme dans le sud de la France avec le séparateur d’urine we-pee et une ancienne baratte à beurre. Simples, belles, originelles et efficaces!
It is summer now in Australia and water is short. Composting toilets are an excellent solution for saving water and producing lovely useable compost. Separating the urine from the poo is the key factor in ensuring a successful composting process and the we-pee urine separating system is receiving great feedback from people making their own composting toilets all over the world.
Rupert and Paula in Victoria, Australia have just sent us the following feedback:
Comment: Hello Suzanne,
We finally installed our compost loo & after a fair amount of time thinking & rethinking the project, the final result appears more than effective.
The urine funnel has been connected to a direct longer section of firm plastic plumbing connection joining to a larger section of piping then beneath the floor of shed to beneath ground surface & at a joined elbow, we ran another 14meters of plumbing section into a 2 mtr x 2mtr wide pit x 700mm-800mm depth into a large 2mtr length of perforated flexible plastic pipe capped off & placed small to medium sized rocks & broken bricks around the perforated pipe then refilled the remaining existing dirt from the area. The land slopes away from the Shed where the urine funnel/plumbing exits, so perfect for the application. Just small amounts of wee going down to that area followed by using a few squirts of soapy water & diluted disinfectant sprayed around the inner funnel, followed by a few litres of clean water to flush/rinse it through.
The “pooping” side of things is separate using 3 main materials:
1/ suitable bucket with handle(cut & adapted to fit under rear end of urine funnel),
2/ compostable breakdown bags(27ltr capacity),
3/ freshly dried sugar cane mulch(SCM).
Firstly place in 2-3handfuls SCM in compost bag within the bucket. Do your business. Place a further 2-3 handfuls SCM over the waste/toilet paper( NO discarded feminine hygiene products to be used – separate procedure & disposal). Press down gently with a timber prodder over the SCM. Close & lower toilet seat base & cover the bucket/contents with a small round plastic lid.
Started using this loo on Mon 5th Dec. It’s now Thurs 8th Dec. No odours whatsoever & we’ve had a heat wave already (summer now) – fear of attracting flies- NO, NOT YET- remarkable.
I believe our method is quite unique as we’ve also installed a solar powered extraction fan behind & within the actual toilet boxed frame section/shed so this can help eliminate any possible odours which may occur eventually until I need to remove the bag & contents to another large compost bin where grass clippings, fruit/veg scraps, small excess shrub growth, etc…end up. So all in all its great. Just never felt that the “manufactured compost loos” which generally combine the urine & poop in the same chamber- OOKUS! YUK & very smelly. The urine being separate from the poop chamber really assists in the odours virtually non existent. We can only smell the Sugar Cane Mulch which has an earthy non offensive odour. So its a win. YAY!
Very happy indeed.
Have a safe, Merry Xmas & terrific new year for 17, wherever you may be.
By for now Rupert & Paula
“I have a brother and nephew living off grid in Illinois, USA. Made this as a gift so they wouldn’t have to go outside in the winter.
It contains a bucket for the pooh and a 5 gallon jug for the urine. “
Thank you to Marty from the USA. Nice little composting box you build and what a thoughtful present. Keep the photos coming.
Please send us images of your separator in its new home
Your photos, feedback and anecdotes will be extremely valuable in our research project about migratory urine separators
(and will help us to continue improving our product and service…)
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