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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Sawdust Sustainable Toilets

Sawdust Sustainable Toilets

Sawdust sustainable toilets will solve the lack of adequate good sanitation where the severe lack of water and toilets is a major concern for slums throughout Africa especially in the large slum of Kibera.


Densely populated slums such as Kenya's Kibera are installing sustainable sawdust toilets using a container with a lid, a toilet seat, and a regular supply of sawdust. 



Humanure Sawdust Sustainable Toilet


Waste from waterless toilets using sawdust, in slums of Kenya, are being processed into fertilizer and used to help produce animal feed.
Sawdust toilets
Kibera is one of Africa’s largest squatters’ settlements. Fifteen densely populated villages make up this slum. Life in Kibera is characterized by extreme poverty, high unemployment, lack of access to basic sanitation services, and high HIV/AIDS rates. In the Kibera settlement of Nairobi, Africa’s largest slum, more than 18 percent of children die before their 5th birthday.


Kibera slum is 617 acres or 2.5 square kilometers, a little smaller than New York’s Central Park. Only about 20 percent of Kibera has electricity and 10 percent of Kiberans have access to clean water. Sadly, there is currently no sewage system in the slums of Kibera. The severe lack of water and toilets is a major concern for slums throughout Kibera; poor sanitation is feared to be a looming public health disaster. More than a third of the global population lacks adequate sanitation, a problem that is even more pronounced in informal urban settlements and slums.


Fortunately, there are a few cost-effective, eco-friendly, sustainable toilet solutions out there that work for all kinds of environments. Waste from waterless toilets using sawdust, in slums of Kenya, are being processed into fertilizer and used to help produce animal feed. 


It is creative thinking, compost sanitation, which can increase the number of people who have access to proper sanitation. Toilets are important in the fight against water contamination and disease. However, because of water supplies and cost, conventional toilets do not always work in developing countries.


Humanure composting is simple and elegant; it does not require a special toilet seat, or tubing to divert urine from the compost mixture. All you need is a collection container, privacy, and sawdust, leaves, or dried grass to keep the toilets in working condition.



Did you know?
Kibera (Key-bear-a) is a Nubian word meaning Forest or Jungle. Kibera is one of Africa’s largest slums. Fifteen densely populated villages make up this slum. Residents of Kibera are officially squatters and do not own, rent or otherwise have lawful permission to use the land, the land belongs to the government of Kenya. However, this does not stop slumlords from charging rent when families move into vacated shacks.


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