Urine is an excellent source of plant nutrients, however it is extremely heavy and difficult to transport. Mixing urine and poop also leaves toilet contents wet, which can cause increased smell and odours unless carbon cover material is significantly increased as well. For ideal composting, urine should be integrated into the compost pile to increase the final nutrient content, however it is often advisable to separate the urine from the poop in the toilets themselves to meet the following objectives:
- Less carbon cover material required to reduce odour and flies.
- By diverting the urine you end up having a dry mixture which allows aerobic composting happening which is less smelly than anaerobic composting
- Reduced volume of material. Solid human waste is approximately 85% water by volume. This means that a urine diverting toilet will have enormous capacity for its size. The solid material dries out and shrinks dramatically (just like a compost pile in you backyard). Urine diversion therefore also significantly reduces the weight of the waste in the bucket/wheelie bin.
Three Options of Urine Diverters available to suit your setup:
- Bucket: This unit fits onto a regular 20 litre bucket and connects to an alkathene pipe. For this version, a cutout needs to be made in the bucket.
- Urinal: Designed to work as part of a compost system or as a stand alone urinal. Connect to an alkathene pipe and divert your urine away from your living space or into a container to use as fertiliser
- Toilet Seat: This version of the unit has a support that screws to the underside of the toilet seat. The separation unit is easily detachable for cleaning