How do I empty a separating toilet?

Unlike a toilet, your waste is not flushed down the drain after every use of the toilet and disappears at the push of a button. With a separating toilet, the excretions remain in the toilet for the time being.

Empty urine

When is the canister full?

The urine, i.e. the liquid component, is collected in a canister. This has a capacity of 5 or 10 liters. The urine canister must be emptied before it is full and overflows, which is why the fill level of the canister should be visible from the outside. In our separating toilets, the viewing window is an elementary design element because we focus on user comfort and people.

Dispose of urine after 2 days at the latest!

Unfortunately, you don't learn this in school, but everyone should know this: While fresh urine is often odorless or smells like the previous day's food, it starts to stink after two days at the latest. Bacterial processes break down the liquid gold into its components, producing the very aromatic ammonia (NH3), which is characterized by a pungent smell. Now is the time to dispose of the contents.

Shit... I forgot to empty it!

If you accidentally forget the urine in the canister for several weeks or months, it's not the end of the world. With the odor trap, you probably won't smell it at all - until the canister lid is opened to empty it. In this case, you should definitely open the canister in the fresh air and not inhale the scents. Then rinse the canister sufficiently with clear water or rinse with vinegar cleaner or baking soda water!

How/where can I dispose of the urine?

There are several ways to dispose of the collected urine, depending on the situation:

  • Pour into the drain, toilet or disposal station
  • Add to the compost heap or quick composter
  • Use diluted with water in a ratio of 1:10 as plant fertilizer
  • Tip it into a hedge on the way

Dispose of feces

In the separating toilet, the feces (which is sometimes also referred to as poop, stool, faeces or faeces) are collected in the bucket along with the litter and toilet paper.

In principle, the waste bucket only needs to be emptied when it is full or if the toilet is not being used/stored for a long time.

Garbage can or composter?

How and where the feces are disposed of depends on several factors and individual options. The contents of the waste container should be disposed of in the residual waste if non-compostable cat litter was used as litter or if you consume medication that should not end up in the compost.

If you have your own property with a compost heap or a quick composter, there is little to be said against turning your own waste into valuable compost soil. In this way, you become an active part of a local and independent economic cycle and become a little bit self-sufficient while relieving the burden on municipal wastewater treatment systems and sewage treatment plants.

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