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== '''Build Your Own Vermicomposting Toilet''' ==
 
== '''Build Your Own Vermicomposting Toilet''' ==
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"When I cast the concrete chambers, I set a piece of plastic pipe as a urine drain to drain both compartments (slanted, of course). On one end is a 90 degree elbow, positioned just below the front of the hole in the far compartment. The pipe goes through the wall dividing the chambers to a "T" junction, also just below the center of the second hole. Then it goes on through the last wall to a 5 gallon plastic pee pot, which gets emptied onto the compost or onto garlic in the early spring."  
 
"When I cast the concrete chambers, I set a piece of plastic pipe as a urine drain to drain both compartments (slanted, of course). On one end is a 90 degree elbow, positioned just below the front of the hole in the far compartment. The pipe goes through the wall dividing the chambers to a "T" junction, also just below the center of the second hole. Then it goes on through the last wall to a 5 gallon plastic pee pot, which gets emptied onto the compost or onto garlic in the early spring."  
 
Kiko's vermicomposting toilet is located in a solar barn pictured here:
 
Kiko's vermicomposting toilet is located in a solar barn pictured here:
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The barn's interior is finished with a lime wash, pigmented with our local ochre. Earthen floor is rough coat only -- awaiting summer to put down the smooth finish coat. The toilet box is cast concrete, extending below ground in an 'el' that reaches forward, toward the viewer. On top of the leg of the 'el' is a trapdoor for emptying each of two chambers, which are divided vertically. While deposits are being made in one, the worms are finishing off the other. The hand washing sink water supply is an exterior rain barrel (see below); the sink drains into the toilet, where it flushes the urine funnel, diluting the urine so it can be applied directly to garden beds as fertilizer, added to working compost piles, or sprinkled on the lawn. Odors are only as objectionable as our attitudes make them, and in any case, easily contained and quickly dissipated.  
 
The barn's interior is finished with a lime wash, pigmented with our local ochre. Earthen floor is rough coat only -- awaiting summer to put down the smooth finish coat. The toilet box is cast concrete, extending below ground in an 'el' that reaches forward, toward the viewer. On top of the leg of the 'el' is a trapdoor for emptying each of two chambers, which are divided vertically. While deposits are being made in one, the worms are finishing off the other. The hand washing sink water supply is an exterior rain barrel (see below); the sink drains into the toilet, where it flushes the urine funnel, diluting the urine so it can be applied directly to garden beds as fertilizer, added to working compost piles, or sprinkled on the lawn. Odors are only as objectionable as our attitudes make them, and in any case, easily contained and quickly dissipated.  
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== Urine Collection==
 
== Urine Collection==
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"Pee drains into a 5 gallon bucket outside (pictured below). The bucket is rigged with a flag on a foam cork that fits (loosely) inside a piece of plastic pipe fitted into the lid -- this mechanism provides a simple indicator for when the bucket needs emptying.  As urine generates ammonia and a very basic (as opposed to acidic) environment it is necessary to seperate it from the other wastes to prevent toxicity to the worms.
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"Pee drains into a 5 gallon bucket outside (pictured below). The bucket is rigged with a flag on a foam cork that fits (loosely) inside a piece of plastic pipe fitted into the lid -- this mechanism provides a simple indicator for when the bucket needs emptying.  As urine generates ammonia and a very basic (as opposed to acidic) environment it is necessary to separate it from the other wastes to prevent toxicity to the worms.
 
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Whether you purchase one of the many commercially available composting toilets or make you own vermicomposting or sawdust toilet, we wish you happy composting. Congratulations on your decision to close the human nutrient cycle, helping to prevent pollution and conserve and enhance the earth's natural fertility!
 
Whether you purchase one of the many commercially available composting toilets or make you own vermicomposting or sawdust toilet, we wish you happy composting. Congratulations on your decision to close the human nutrient cycle, helping to prevent pollution and conserve and enhance the earth's natural fertility!
 
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[[Category:Vermiculture]]
 
[[Category:Vermiculture]]
 
[[Category:Composting toilets]]
 
[[Category:Composting toilets]]
 
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