News

In most months we have news worthy of posting but we don’t always get around to putting it up – as you can readily see by viewing the dates below!

If you know something about a NatSol toilet which seems worthy of a post on this page please let us know.

Price increases

The NatSol mono-pitch timber buildingDue principally to increasing prices in raw materials we need to increase some of our product prices this year. The Full Access Composter and the Compact toilets will rise by approx 5% from 1st July. If we quoted you after 1st May and you order within 3 months of the quotation date then we will try to hold the price for you.

Timber prices are going through the roof at the moment and this is affecting the price of our timber buildings. These increases seem to be due to Brevid, or Coxit – take your pick. We are not actually certain whether it’s mainly Brexit or mainly Covid but we do know that there is a slow down in timber imports and that this is putting pressure on home grown timbers. Prices are rising by anything between about 30 and 100%. Home grown Western Red Cedar, a naturally durable timber which we have used for cladding boards on our timber buildings, has become very scarce. For this reason we are thinking of switching to using Lawson Cypress which has quite a good reputation for durability. So there will be an increase in the price of our timber buildings quite soon but we haven’t yet pinned down how much. Sorry about this – watch for updates.

Zero Discharge Bargain

Zero Discharge toilet tanksWe have a large one of these tanks which we would like to clear. It’s half as tall again as the one shown here and of a size we no longer make. It’s for the Zero Discharge toilet and will take around 11,000 toilet uses before it needs to be pumped out.

All the other components you need will be supplied with it and the whole package is available for £3000 + VAT and delivery (you install). This is less than the cost of our current ZD model utilising the tank shown here which is listed at £3550 + VAT and delivery, installation not included.

Cwm Carn Forest Drive

One of 8 Zero Discharge Toilets supplied to Natural Resouces Wales for a forest site  A recently completed stand alone Zero Discharge toilet. This is one of eight supplied to Natural Resources Wales for Cwm Carn Forest Drive. The toilet is passively ventilated and needs to be pumped out after about 7000 uses.

NatSol supplied the toilet components and the buildings. These are clad in Western Red Cedar grown in Wales. The cubicle is wheelchair accessible.

Our buildings and all bespoke metal components are made in Llanidloes, Mid Wales and our GRC toilet components are made in Shropshire.

 

Stand alone Zero Discharge toilets

Two Zero Discharge toilets supplied with NatSol full access buildings for a Scottish BeachWe can now supply the Zero Discharge toilet with a NatSol Full Access building for remote sites. These two are on a coastal site.

They are not composting and have a very low maintenance requirement. The toilets are waterless and each one will take about 8000 to 10,000 uses before it is pumped out by a vacuum sludge tanker. Ventilation is passive and no mains services are required.

Dark sky compost toilet

Dark sky toilet in the Elan ValleyWe recently supplied a Full Access Composter for the Dark Sky Discovery Site in the Elan Valley. Stargazers now have a toilet facility to use during the night.

The photograph shows the installation of the toilet vaults nearing completion. The clients constructed their own building.

Zero Discharge toilets help protect England’s cleanest lake

Wasdale Lakehead ToiletsIn an earlier news item we spoke about our involvement in a project to supply waterless toilets for National Trust sites in Wasdale. Wastwater is a SSSI and the National Trust needed a system which would not discharge anything to ground.

The toilets are now up and running and visitors are returning to the Lake District as Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

Architects: Crosby Granger.  More information can be found at: Amenities

Toilets for penguin site in the Falkland Islands

Toilet facility with NatSol Zero Discharge toilets on the Falkland IslandsAlmost all our work is in the UK and Ireland but we were asked if we could assist with waterless toilets for a site in the South Atlantic. The building was designed by One Creative Environments Ltd.

The toilets are our Zero Discharge model, also supplied to Richmond Park in London and currently being installed for a National Trust site in the Lake District.

Go to Amenity Sites for an internal view.

Servicing?

Servicing a Full Access composting toiletIn February 2019 we sent out a newsletter to owners of Full Access toilets asking if they might be interested in a servicing arrangement. We gave a rough indication of what that could cost. It was clear to us from the outset that if few people expressed an interest then it would cost more per service because of travelling distance. Visits would also entail a higher carbon footprint which is something we always try to minimise. If several owners in a given area were interested then we could share those costs and impacts between them.

We received 15 responses and only 10 of those indicated an interest in paying for servicing.

Consequently, we are not currently offering servicing but if a particular issue has arisen with your toilet you can always call us. It might be possible to drop by and take a look when we are in the area for other reasons. If we feel that the malfunction is in some way our fault and cannot be resolved from a distance then we will visit.

Another option is that in some parts of the country we may know of an installer who is willing to carry out servicing. You could make your own arrangement with them.

Toilet twinning

Toilet twinningOur client, Marshfield Allotment Group, has very kindly twinned their NatSol toilet via Toilet Twinning with a latrine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. For just £60 you can twin your toilet at home, work or school with a latrine in Africa, Asia or Latin America, and help provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene education to some of the world’s poorest communities.

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