The Toilet, Take Two

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First off, I really doubt that people wanted just photos of your little poopy shack, Nicole. What they were attempting to show, at least in part, was just how close to the road the Blessed Little Garden Shed is. You know, the whole wilderness thing?

Here’s the photo.

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Delightful, isn’t it?

This is not a “composting toilet.”

We have been all over this already.

Nicole just thinks if she keeps asserting stuff, it will be true.  Just keep calling it a “composting toilet,” and people will buy it. And of course, some of them have only their lizard brains, so they do buy it.


No.  Just no.  There is a tremendous, very large difference between a real composting toilet and white buckets in a makeshift not-going-to-last-very-long enclosure.  The real composting toilets actually compost the excrement in their base.  They operate off electricity (either grid-powered, or solar-powered).  They heat the waste to destroy pathogens.

And pathogens are the reason this matters, both to those of us on the internet watching this disaster unfold, and to the local health department.

Ever hear about cholera? You might not have, except maybe in historical novels or stories about third-world countries, because it’s rare in the US. Only one case in 2015 reported.

It’s deadly.  And it is spread by water and food contaminated with fecal matter.  In the developing world, epidemics still occur every year.  People in Haiti died in as little as two hours after exhibiting symptoms in an outbreak several years ago.

The reason that it is rare in the US (and other developed nations) is that we don’t typically do what the Nauglers are doing.  We dispose of human waste in a way that protects us from contaminated water.  If I were a neighbor of the Naugler family, I would be at the health department daily complaining loudly.  The next-door neighbor does not have a well, and that’s probably a good thing, since the risk of contamination would be very high.

I have never been very interested in seeing photos of the Blessed Poop House. I understand the process involved in shitting into a bucket.

What I am interested in is what they do with the bucket when it’s full.

Nicole just does a little hand wave and says that somebody (translation: kid) lugs that bucket of shit (do you know how heavy that would be?) 100 yards away (the length of a football field) and dumps it on this lovely compost pile.  Seriously.

humanure handbookSee?  She just casually says, “It’s composting.”  And then somebody posts a link to The Humanure Handbook, only I do not believe Nicole or anyone else there has ever read the damn thing.  I have.

The compost has to be very carefully layered and monitored.  It must reach a certain temperature and stay there for a certain length of time.  Or alternatively, it has to compost for a year or more.  And during that year, it has to be contained.   You don’t just dump shit in a big pile.

There is a reason why diseases like cholera are practically non-existent in the US and cause hundreds of thousands of deaths world-wide in less developed countries.  If you could just dump the shit in a big pile and forget it because “it’s composting” and this is so easy to do because YouTube, don’t you think they’d do this in those developing countries and save their own lives?

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And they have a sink nearby.  With no running water.  They do not have running water.

Stacy is the one who is smart.  It’s not about being “paranoid about germs.”  It’s about basic sanitation. Very, very basic sanitation. The kind of sanitation you teach to toddlers.


We have plans.

Of course you do.


Click here for the latest update on their “composting toilet”

Perhaps they should have hastened their plans to prevent their fecal matter, toilet paper, and other refuse from washing over onto the neighbor’s property. Still believe they have a composting toilet?

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