How To Build A Composting Toilet

What You'll Need
Plywood (3/4-inch, cut into an 18-inch by 18-inch square, one piece cut into an 18-inch by 3-inch rectangle)
2 hinges
2 10-inch by 18-inch by 3/4 -inch boards
2 10-inch by 19.5-inch by 3/4 -inch boards
4 3-inch by 12-inch by 3/4 -inch boards (for legs)
1 standard toilet seat
1 5 gallon plastic bucket
Wood screws
Varnish and paintbrush

As we look more to our environmental future, many people are tossing their old toilets for a composting toilet instead. These toilets are environmentally friendly and easy to make at home. It is also a handy way to make useable, fertile soil for your home garden.

Step 1: Cut the Larger Plywood Piece

You should cut a circular hole that is the same size as the five gallon bucket. Place the smaller section of plywood next to the larger piece and then use the hinge to set them together. The bigger piece of plywood will hinge up so you can take out the bucket.

Step 2: Join the Boards

Join the four boards to form a box that is ten inches deep, eighteen inches wide and twenty one inches long. Then screw the smaller piece of plywood to the box, leaving the bigger piece of plywood free. This will allow you to lift this up later. This will allow the composting toilet to be easily cleaned.

Step 3: Adjusting the Height

Adjust the height of all the legs so that the lip of the five gallon bucket sticks up half an inch above the plywood top. Attach the legs to the inside of the box with more screws. The legs should be adjusted to your preferred height.

Step 4: Adjusting the Seat

The plastic bumpers on the bottom of the toilet seat should be set sideways. When properly set, they will rest on the edge of the five gallon bucket.

Step 5: Attach the Seat

Place the seat over the circular opening you cut in the plywood. Mark the holes where the seat will be attached. Drill the holes and then attach the seat to the plywood over the hole where the bucket will go.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

Once you stain and varnish the exterior box for the toilet, you can place the bucket in the hole and it will be ready to use. The toilet seat should hinge down over the bucket, allowing a seat for everything that is necessary.

These toilets are safe and reliable. It may take a while to get used to using them. However, they never need plumbing and can be a cheap alternative to providing fertilizer for your home garden. These composting toilets are also portable, and can be used when camping with ease. They are easy to clean out and the resulting compost provides a highly fertile soil that can be used for a number of purposes.