Composting Human Waste
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How to Compost Human Waste
Composting, also known as Waste Management, is not what the average person today even dares think of. Just the sound of it disgusts people, but really, it is not as bad as it sounds and it is, however, one of the smartest, most beneficial things someone can do. It saves money, and it is good for the environment in many ways. It is a simple process, just follow these steps.
What is the Point of Composting?
Before you begin the composting process, you may want to know what compost does and how is it beneficial. Well, in all natural systems on this earth, waste does not exist. Waste is something man-made. Natural resources and organisms did the processes themselves through cycles. We want to be helpful and try the best to do the same, don’t we? When humans consume, what happens to the digested food? Should it not be put back into the earth where it was taken from? Instead, it has becoming a big, built-up problem that is not natural, which is causing many other problems in the world. Soils are left without major nutrients and organic matter when food is taken out for human consumption. Composting makes sure that what once came out of the ground gets put back into the environment. Compost products also have so much less contaminations.
What is Needed?
What is needed to go through with the process is very little. What is needed is some kind of bucket with a secure lid, some sawdust, and some concrete blocks. The secure lid helps trap in the odor of the waste.
First, collect the human waste in the bucket and after that, cover it with sawdust. Why sawdust, you ask? Sawdust is full of carbon. It is also an organic material. On the other hand, human waste is an organic material full of nitrogen. Both sawdust and human waste balance out to help control odors and makes the decomposition process a lot faster, making the organic material better break down.
Secondly, a compost bin is needed. In order to do that, stack up concrete blocks into about three feet by three feet as an enclosed square area. It should be leveled evenly where it lies at on dirt, or else water that escapes cannot help richen the soil under the bin.
Keep filling the bin with layers of sawdust and layers of human waste (also known as organic greens & organic browns). What may also help are chopped up dead leaves or plants such as grass or clovers. Scraps of food work wonderfully too, especially if they are broken down. These all help give more room for the decomposition of everything, making the process faster.
A hole has to be dug in the middle of the compost pile. Human waste is to be put in there, and then covered with layers of compost. That keeps out wildlife and helps the odor. In compost piles, the middle is also where it starts decomposing before any other area.
Wet the compost pile until it is to the consistency of a damp sponge and cover it with a tarp to help hold in both moisture and heat.
The compost pile should have the temperature of the inside taken each day, it needs to be between 130 and 150 degrees Fahrenheit in order to kill bacteria within the human waste and letting what is good thrive.
Finally, stir the compost pile anytime the temperature goes under 130 degrees. That will cause the compost in the middle to go towards the outer edges and what is needed to be broken down go in the middle.
Lastly, keep checking and stirring the compost pile until it feels and looks like how soil should be, the consistency of soil. Then you can use the compost in your garden and enjoy. Keep repeating the process.
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The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure, Third Edition
The Toilet Papers: Recycling Waste and Conserving Water
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