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THE HUMANURE HANDBOOK -- A Guide to Composting Human Manure
Second Edition - Completely revised, expanded, and updated.
Author: Joseph Jenkins
Date of publication: June, 1999
Written in laypeople's terms by a humanure composting practitioner with twenty years experience, this book is for anyone interested in a unique topic that fundamentally relates to every human being on planet Earth.
The second edition of the HUMANURE HANDBOOK is completely revised, expanded and updated, but still retains that element of humor that made this book an underground classic. This fascinating, one-of-a-kind book tells you how to safely recycle human manure, and includes color photographs of humanure-compost gardens; listings for international commercial compost toilet sources and manufacturers, and a list of backyard composting bin and compost thermometer retailers. This new edition also contains a chapter on alternative graywater systems; illustrated, step-by-step instructions for building a simple, low-cost, composting toilet for household, camp or emergency use; current information about community-level composting; and the latest material on composting microbiology.
The Humanure Handbook balances scientific data with philosophical, historical, cultural, and environmental information related to the recycling of humanure. If you're interested in composting, compost toilets, sewage alternatives, environmental issues, or just in a good read, this is the book for you. Or, in the words of readers,
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Organic material should be recycled by every person on the planet, and recycling should be as normal as brushing teeth or bathing. Organic materials can be collected by municipalities and composted at central composting facilities. This is now done in many parts of the world where food discards are composted for urban communities. Toilet materials are not yet being collected and centrally composted in very many places, although such collection will undoubtedly increase as time passes.
We can compost our own organic material in our own personal compost bins in our own backyards. This is already becoming commonplace and compost bins are now popping up in backyards everywhere like mushrooms after a rain. Composting need not cost money and it can be practiced by anyone in the world at probably any location where plants can grow. Therefore, it is important that we learn to understand what compost is and how it can be made.
It is also important that we understand how to compost our toilet materials in a safe and simple manner. A low-cost composting toilet system can be very useful as a back-up toilet in an emergency situation when electrical or water services are disrupted, or when the water supply is diminished as during a drought, when flushing drinking water down toilets becomes especially ridiculous. It can also be very useful in any area where water or electricity is scarce or non-existent, as well as in developing countries where there may be many people with little or no money to buy commercial composting toilets. Finally, a simple, low-cost composting toilet system is attractive to anyone seeking a low-impact lifestyle, and who is willing to make the minimal effort to compost their organic residues. This chapter details how to compost toilet materials by using a simple, easy, low or no-cost method called a humanure toilet.