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5 Myths About Composting Toilets Debunked


Discover the truth behind popular myths about composting toilets and learn why they are a sustainable and eco-friendly option for waste management.

What is a Composting Toilet?

Composting toilets work by providing an environment that promotes the decomposition of organic matter, including human waste, by bacteria and other microorganisms. This process breaks down the waste into nutrient-rich compost that can be used as a natural fertiliser for plants.

Composting toilets can be a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to traditional flush toilets, as they save water and reduce the need for chemical-based sewage treatment systems.

Myth #1: Composting Toilets Are Unsanitary

Contrary to popular belief, composting toilets are actually designed to be sanitary and hygienic. The decomposition process that occurs in a composting toilet helps eliminate harmful pathogens and bacteria present in human waste.

Composting toilets are equipped with ventilation systems that ensure proper airflow and oxygen supply, which aids in the breakdown of waste and prevents the growth of odour-causing bacteria. Additionally, the composting process generates heat, which further helps kill off any remaining pathogens.

When operated correctly and maintained according to manufacturer instructions, composting toilets are a safe and sanitary option for waste management.

Myth #2: Composting Toilets Smell Bad

Another common misconception about composting toilets is that they produce unpleasant odours. However, when properly installed and maintained, composting toilets are virtually odourless.

Composting toilets use a combination of proper ventilation, organic bulking material (such as woodshavings and hemp bedding), and microbial activity to minimise and eliminate odours. The ventilation system helps remove any odours that may be present, while the organic bulking material helps absorb moisture and control odour-causing bacteria.

Regular maintenance, such as emptying the compost bin and adding fresh bulking material, is also important in preventing odours. With proper care, composting toilets can be odour-free and pleasant to use.

Myth #3: Composting Toilets Are Only For Remote Properties

Despite their association with remote properties, composting toilets are versatile and suitable for various settings beyond rural areas. Modern designs cater to diverse needs, including urban apartments, suburban homes, and even commercial buildings. Their compact size and odourless operation make them ideal for indoor use, fitting seamlessly into any living space. Our models can integrate seamlessly into existing septic or sewage systems.

By challenging the notion that composting toilets are exclusively for remote properties, we recognise their potential to revolutionise sanitation practices in urban and suburban settings, promoting sustainability and environmental stewardship across diverse communities.

Myth #4: Composting Toilets Are Difficult to Maintain

Maintaining a composting toilet may seem daunting, but it is actually quite straightforward and manageable.

Regular maintenance tasks include monitoring the composting process, adding bulking material to the waste chamber, and emptying the compost bin when it is full. These tasks can typically be done in a few minutes and do not require extensive effort or specialised skills.

Many composting toilets also come with user-friendly features, such as indicators or alarms that signal when the compost bin needs to be emptied or when the system requires maintenance.

By following the manufacturer's instructions and implementing a regular maintenance routine, composting toilets can be easily maintained and operated.

Myth #5: Composting Toilets Are Expensive

While the initial cost of installing a composting toilet may be higher compared to a traditional flush toilet, composting toilets can actually save money in the long run.

Composting toilets eliminate the need for costly sewage infrastructure and reduce water consumption, resulting in lower utility bills. Additionally, the compost produced by composting toilets can be used as a natural fertiliser, reducing the need to purchase chemical-based fertilisers.

Over time, the cost savings from reduced water usage and fertiliser expenses can offset the initial investment of a composting toilet. Furthermore, many composting toilet models are designed to be durable and long-lasting, providing value for money over their lifespan.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Ecoflo Wastewater Management acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of this Country. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today. 




Ecoflo was the first company in Australia to sell composting toilets certified to the rigorous quality testing of Australian Standards. If you want to be certain your composting toilet has adequate capacity and is safe, you need a waterless composting toilet certified to the tough performance criteria of AS/NZS 1546.2:2008.

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