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Toilets That Make Compost: Low-Cost, Sanitary Toilets That Produce Valuable Compost for Crops in an African Context

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Most people in rural Africa do not have access to safe toilets, and their health and well-being suffers as a consequence. There is an urgent need for the construction of simple, low-cost, affordable toilets that are easy to build and maintain.

Toilets That Make Compost provides practical examples of toilets that, in addition to providing a safe sanitation option, also recycle the nutrients in excreta to produce compost. This compost is valued wherever households have enough ...

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Overview

Most people in rural Africa do not have access to safe toilets, and their health and well-being suffers as a consequence. There is an urgent need for the construction of simple, low-cost, affordable toilets that are easy to build and maintain.

Toilets That Make Compost provides practical examples of toilets that, in addition to providing a safe sanitation option, also recycle the nutrients in excreta to produce compost. This compost is valued wherever households have enough space to grow fruit and vegetables in their back gardens; the designs are suitable for regions where there is no high water table or prolonged wet season. This book provides detailed instructions for constructing a range of toilets from the simplest and most affordable to the more sophisticated ecological toilet.

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Toilets That Make Compost is a truly excellent book, full of sound practical advice. The Arborloo sanitation system needs to be used much more widely and it will then make a substantial contribution to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.”

“Rarely does a book come along that can change the world, but Toilets That Make Compost is one such book. The Arborloo toilet, created by Morgan, has taken off in Ethiopia with tens of thousands now in use and increasing each day. This book is highly recommended to agencies that want to make a difference in the world.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853396748
  • Publisher: Practical Action Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/28/2008
  • Pages: 116
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Morgan has been working in the rural water supply and sanitation sector for 25 years. He was connected to the Blair Research Institute, Zimbabwe, and has developed a number of low-cost, appropriate sanitation options, including the Blair Latrine, a Ventilated Improved Pit latrine that is widely used internationally.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Figures; 1) Introduction; 2) Compost-Making Toilets; 3) Arborloo—The Single Pit Compost Toilet; 4) Fossa Alterna—The Double Pit Compost Toilet; 5) Low-Cost Pedestals for Simple Pit Toilets; 6) Urine-Diverting Toilets; 7) Upgrading the Toilet System; 8) Odour and Fly Control; 9) A Matter of Hygiene and Hand Washing; 10) How to Use Toilet Compost in the Garden; 11) How to Use Urine in the garden; 12) Summary; Conclusions; Bibliography.
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