Does anything have to be added to the toilet?

Whenever the toilet is used for defecation a small amount of “soak” material, usually wood-shavings, is added to the vault. Alternatively a suitable amount can be added at the end of the day by a manager. The purpose of soak is to

  • [i] maintain an open structure so as to prevent the pile becoming anaerobic,
  • [ii] soak up excess moisture,
  • [iii] adjust the carbon-nitrogen ratio by adding more carbon,
  • [iv] cover the wastes. We will advise on a suitable soak material for the type of toilet you decide to purchase.

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