Originally Posted by Geo Jeff
what is the big draw to composting toilets? I hear people at the marina using them as well. I just don't get it? A black tank is pretty simple and the world is set up for it.
I appreciate your question.
I have been typing and erasing responses to this post for 10 minutes... I don't want to be snarky in my reply
I suspect that you probably have not had to deal with many black water system failures.
I have had to replace a black dump valve when the tank was 1/2 full. I have had to disassemble and repair macerator pumps that broke midway through pumping the black tank three times. I have had blockages that I have spent several hours trying to clear using plumbing snakes, broom sticks, a shop vac and compressed air. I DO NOT recommend trying compressed air unless you enjoy cleaning s#!t off of the bathroom ceiling while your wife gives you the evil eye...
Keep in mind that some of us live full time using the black water system. I think that what is a rare failure in the world of the weekend camper may become a common failure in the world of the full timer.
For me and my lifestyle the composter is so much easier. Once a week or so I lift the lid and pick up a non-offensive 5 gallon bucket that weighs less than 20lbs and carry it out to the compost bin or trash receptacle. I place a fresh liner in the can and put it back. If needed I dump the pee jug which, surprisingly, has virtually no odor.
If I am dry camping in appropriate areas I can legally and responsibly bury the waste from my composter. In the same location I cannot dump my black tank. If I am on the road I can dispose of it in any trash receptacle that I can put diapers in. No need to drag the RV to a dump station. In a pinch I could pick up a couple of spare buckets & lids and store it in the back of the pickup until I get someplace that I can dispose of it. With 4 buckets I would be good for a month.
In my humble opinion, much of our society has gotten so used to the "push a button and the yukky stuff will go away" idea that any task that involves looking at, lifting, moving or otherwise handling waste that the idea of the composting toilet may offend them. Just my $0.02
Thanks again for the question. I hope my response helps answer it.