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Compost toilet competition: Who's got the finest loo in the land?

Rebecca Gibbs |
Friday, 19th August 2011

Who's got the best compost loo? We hereby declare the battle for the golden sawdust bucket open. Tell us about yours and you could win some incredible prizes! (see below). Rebecca tells us about the first entry at Monkton Wyld Court.

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We are currently staying at Monkton Wyld Court and I've decided, having sat/crouched on a few, that they could well have the finest compost bog in the country. "Such a bold claim" I hear permies far and wide protest. Well, you show us yours and here (courtesy of Lynden) is a bit about theirs:

  • locally sourced (1/4 mile) and cut larch construction,
  • ever-warm seat from Kernowrat (no fair weather alfresco pooing here),
  • harvested and filtered rain-water for hand washing which is reused to flush the urine pipe,
  • south-facing effluent flue which heats to carry odour away,
  • wind-up light and radio (currently Radio 2 to keep things moving) at child height,
  • flip-down step for little users,
  • wheelie bin collection of poo which enjoys a short down-hill trip to the three bay / three year thermophilic (it's what the man said)
  • composting chambers (maths for this available on request) and
  • stunning leafy views.

Finally, I'm particularly fond of the fact that on three stays here, I have never had to wait. The loo is always vacant – though, of course, there's a seat for when it isn't. Why there should be such an ease of access is hard to fathom. I can only assume that the god of humanure is well, pleased with what he sees and divinely orders comings and goings.

Like all good perma things it turns out this loo was the final product of a good long think followed by a two-weekend two-part design and build course and help from friends like Malcom Drew. More impressive off-mains loos are planned to replace the remaining flushers on site and I'm told that a compost loo building course is happening at Monkton at the end of September. Splendid.

Have you got a compost loo worth sharing with the world? Send us some pictures (no poo pics please!), introduce it and give the reasons why it is the best to hayley [at] permaculture [dot] co [dot] uk.

The readers favourite (as voted for on our facebook page) will win a voucher* worth £50 for a course at the Sustainability Centre and if your loo is featured in our top 5 on the website you could win this luminous toilet roll from The Glow Company, perfect for the off-grid loo user!

The closing date is 30th September 2011 so get snappin'!

* The voucher is valid on any course at the Sustainability Centre held in 2012. It is redeemable on one course only.

Help spread the permaculture word...

Monkton Wyld Court |
Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 1:52pm

We would like to humbly add our vote for best loo in the land to... Monkton Wyld Court. Not only is it a beautiful and comfortable space, but it's the safest spot for a communard needing quiet time. You can sit and read a book and watch the birds out the windows in the sunshine, and nobody's likely to bother you: at least not until the queue really starts up.

Oh, and we're not content just to rest on our laurels, mind (or our separator toilet seat generously donated by the lovely folks at Kernowrat!). From 30 September through 2 October we'll be running a plan-and-build course for a second toilet on site, trying out a different style of bog for comparison's sake, not to mention visiting other friendly local smallholdings for a look at theirs. Book your places now. It's a compost toilet enthusiast's dream, really. Ours, anyway!

Thanks for the support!

John Hare |
Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 5:12pm

I can vouch for this one too, if I ever want to get a compost-loo virgin to try it out, this is the loo I'd choose

Katy Thompson |
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 12:25pm

wow what a Loo! i vote for Monkton. Ada my three year old loved the foot pump for hand washing and the sawdust throwing.

Paul Bullen |
Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 11:19am

I know this is abit late but here is a compost toilet I built for a campsite in Hay-on-Wye

http://www.freerangedesigns.co.uk/wheelie-bin-compost-toilet.html

Let me know what you think...Cheers

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