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Composting Explained

How does a horrible material turn into nice safe compost? It seems the transformation occurs by magic. Why do we want composting to happen in the toilet? There are two reasons; firstly to heat the compost pile up to 70°C to kill the pathogens and secondly, to reduce the amount, and change the structure of […]

Urine diverting or not?

In many applications the choice is between the two types of composting toilet; a urine separating compost toilet (Separett, Wostman, Biolan Separating Dry) or an internal composting toilet (all Sun Mar, other Biolans). Both types are self vented so odour is not an issue with either. But there a subtle differences between the two. Here, I […]

Composting Mulch

Getting the mulch right is a very important part of composting. There is a separate post explaining the factors that influence composting which is a good idea to read also. This post explains what are looking for in a composting mulch. The Sun Mar units are supplied with a bag of compost sure which is […]

Which Waterless Toilet is for me?

We know that the waterless toilet products that we sell are unfamiliar to most people and can be confusing. So in this post we outline typical scenarios and match these up with waterless toilet solutions. If you want the toilet in the home and you have mains electricity your options are the Sun Mar Excel, Sun Mar Compact, […]

Science of Foul Smells?

Composting can take place in the presence of air (aerobic) or without air (anaerobic). In composting toilets we prefer aerobic composting because this gives faster breakdown,  faster metabolic rates and higher temperatures (to kill pathogens) and importantly no foul smells. Anaerobic breakdown is much slower, creates no heat, and produces foul smells. This means that if […]

The Liquid Solution

The joy of the true composting toilet is that the output from the toilet is compost. The waste has been transformed so that it is pleasant and safe to handle. The composting toilet does not separate solids from liquids, as the liquid is required to provide Nitrogen and keep the compost moist. If there is more urine going into the […]

Septic Tanks

Fine Gael Waterford Deputy, Paudie Coffey, has welcomed news from the Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Jan O’Sullivan TD, that where remediation works need to be carried out on septic tanks, no planning permission will be necessary. Deputy Coffey said this is a sensible move that will allay […]

Jan 2015 – First residential bill for water

Irish Water Chief Executive John Tierney has said it is planned that people will receive their first bill for water charges in January 2015. The original deadline for the introduction of water charges as set out in the Troika bailout programme was January 2014.The first homes to get meters will be contacted in July and installation […]

Water Charges – News

A draft report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers called ”Irish Water: Second Interim Report” was released to RTÉ News following a Freedom of Information request and updates an earlier published study. At present commercial users are supposed to pay charges. But the PWC report shows 52% of firms are in arrears on their water bills. The level of […]

Green Awards 2013

The 2013 Green Awards were on last night in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin and we were delighted to be shortlisted in two categories; Green Retailer and Green Entrepreneur. At the ceremony there were many business making a serious effort to minamise their impact on the Earth’s resources. Both large companies like Glaxosmithkline (winner of the large organisation […]

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