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Freezer Burn Compost toilet project
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Posted by Kevin Longeway about 13 years ago

The festival is over and the compost toilets were a success.

So Thursday I hauled some 2x4s, sheets of plywood and small blue tarps up to Freezer Burn site on a ranch just west of Ponoka, AB. I had a basic plan worked out for how to build the outhouse structures as a buddy Mike had already built the toilet boxes for the pails to go in.

The unloading of wood and setup of other projects made it so I did not have time to build the outhouse part that night and had to head back home. When I got there the following afternoon Greg, Mike and a couple others had already built the outhouse for me and improved on the design as we had some extra plywood and 2x4s from other projects. I will edit a video I took of them and post it here soon.

Their basic design was 3 8'x4' plywood standing tall along the back wall with 2 sheets in middle created 3 stalls. Each section was framed simple box style with 2x4s and a roof of 2 overlapping plywood sheets on top. Next another plywood sheet was set at 45 degree angle from the one end piece and 2 middle pieces. Picture a half open door to a stall. Then the 3 8'x6' tarps were screwed in and hung across the angled doorway. The two toilets we built were placed in 2 stalls and a optional piss only bucket in the 3rd stall.

We then put a bucket of sawdust in each and a bucket for garbage in each. The guys nailed a couple of small board to each wall for ledges for the toilet paper.

They were placed over near the more relaxed family section so right away the people there respected and enjoyed the space and cleanliness of the compost toilets over the porta potties that were placed over by the DJ stages and party hard crowd.

A couple women painted a simple cartoon on the doors to show how to work the compost toilets...lol.

Feedback for next year was:

 to add a hook in each for jackets or backpacks

to make a door lock system as people had to knock before pulling aside tarps

We also plan to go with 9 compost toilets next year and no porta-potties with 3 local artists each getting to paint a 3 set with murals in side and outside.

The only complaints we heard was a young woman not wanting to use them in case she was the one who filled it and had to put the lid on and a tongue in cheek comment about us offering the festival goers their own cat litter box to poop in.

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Kevin Longeway
Kevin Longeway : The wood, tarps, scoop, screws and tp was about $175, the sawdust and buckets were repurposed for 0 cost. We can reuse them for next years festival. The cost of 6 porta-potties was $800/day with pick up on sunday. We ended up cancelling 2 and the other 4 filled, so not everyone was ready for the friday and saturday to try the compost toilets. The giant bag of sawdust given to me by Country Pine Furniture out of Crossfield, AB was placed 20 feet away and people had no issue with filling the buckets once they were empty. There was a bit of an issue with the lids not snapping back on well once pails were full but I was careful and no spills happened.
Posted about 13 years ago

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Dylan Graves
Dylan Graves : Hi Kevin

have you posted images or videos anywhere online? am interested to know how the humanure turned out. I love the fact that $800 a day per toilet was avoided and I wish the same company had the vision to do what you have done (convert all their loos to composting ones; compost, and then sell the compost as a way to make them cheaper in the first place - $800 is quite a lot). [There is a business idea for some one out there who needs it!]
Posted over 11 years ago

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