Look! Solar Powered Composting Toilets

Look! Solar Powered Composting Toilets

Jen DeRose
Sep 19, 2008

We were on a jog in a Connecticut state park when we came across these. Hey, when nature calls...

We did a little research when we arrived home and it turns out the parks division of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection has installed a number of these to replace traditional outhouse style pit toilets around the state, including Bluff Point.

These have less odor, don't use water, and they also don't contaminate ground water systems. It turns out the solar panels power a fan, because air circulation is necessary to remove order and aid with decomposing. I'm not sure what the compost is used for, though Massachusetts, which has a similar program, uses it for flower boxes and tree plantings. Read more about the process and project here.

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