The Compost Toilet Handbook
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April 21, 2021. 254 pages, 203 photos and illustrations, 161 color pages, hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-7336035-1-5; Trim Size: 6"x9"; $40.00 US
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The Compost Toilet Handbook is an illustrated instructional manual explaining how to make, use, and manage compost toilets, which are waste-free toilets that rely on the biological process of composting to recycle toilet material. It is based on the author’s 40+ years of first-hand experience. The 254-page indexed book has 161 pages of color photos including 203 photos or illustrations from 13 countries where compost toilet systems are in use.
It is intended for readers who are interested in learning how to make and use compost toilets, for everyday use, for emergency use, or for specialized use such as in schools, orphanages, remote camps, villages, or off-grid buildings. The book relies heavily on color photos and illustrations. Although the 161 color pages have made this book expensive to print, a picture is worth a thousand words, and the cost is worth it. There is no other book like this in print.
This book is a companion book to the Humanure Handbook 4th Edition (Joseph Jenkins Inc., 2019). Its purpose is to provide basic information about how to make compost from toilet material in a variety of situations, locations, and cultures. It is lighter on text and heavier on illustrations relative to the Humanure Handbook, in order to create a book that is easier to translate into foreign languages.
The 2nd half of the book includes case study reviews of compost toilet projects in African prisons and schools; Haitian schools, orphanages, and villages; schools in Mozambique; neighborhoods in Mongolia; a school and village in Nicaragua; and an ecovillage in the US.
Along with the nuts and bolts of compost toilet construction, use, and management, the book covers emergency preparedness, cold weather composting, pharmaceuticals, heavy metals, health, and safety.