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Composting Toilets for Haiti

Sunday, August 29, 2010

From Mike Mahowald:

I am trying to establish the best compostable toilets and how to use them for my networking website that I hope many small groups will use in small communities all over Haiti. http://haitireconstruction.ning.com/page/composting-toilets

There is a great video put out by SOIL that you may want to watch on this page also.

I am looking for experts who may help me with finding if there is good qualities in putting fresh (or dry)vetiver cuttings after each use instead of sawdust as most experts on compostable toilets are advising.

In my own composting use in Minnesota I find fresh lawngrass cuttings work better than anything in heating a compost pile to decompose quickly.

I would love any information that I can get to see if this would work. Although these toilets do not have a real bad smell they are not pleasant either. I am also hopeing this lemon grass may help the smell and find yet another use for vetiver.



From: Dick G


In China, vetiver leaf has been used as bedding for pigs, because, I am told, that it absorbs urine very well.   It also composts well.  I am sure that chopped up vetiver leaves would work well.  Why don't you get those young women in the video to try vetiver in one of their rural toilets?

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