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Humanure privyFor much of modern history, we humans have not assumed much personal responsibility for our own body wastes. Instead, we’ve had collective solutions that have always created more problems than they’ve solved. In the past century or two, this system has been largely replaced by the flush toilet and the sewer main, a more aesthetic system that allows us to ignore our excretions from the moment we flush.

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Common ThroneThe Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association has been building composting outhouses, garnering not only good reception from Common Ground fairgoers but a very usable fertilizer as well. Our system works well for our short-term, annual event, and we keep adding new composting outhouses to supplement the conventional toilets and portable toilets that serve some 60,000 visitors to the Fair.

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Composting toilet systems and other ecological wastewater management methods are emerging as viable and cost-saving alternatives to wastewater disposal systems worldwide. Find out why – and how – to choose, install and maintain them.

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