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Subject:

Worms to handle human fecal waste

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"Kanner,Steven I" <[log in to unmask]>

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Kanner,Steven I

Date:

Tue, 2 Jul 2013 19:39:44 -0400

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Hello BEST community,

Vermicomposting can be a useful tool to on site handling of human fecal 
wastes at home. Here is a cool article about an architect named Kiko 
Denzer who devised a simple indoor vermicomposting toilet. A 
vermicomposting toilet can be used to source separate human wastes 
instead of sending them to the wastewater treatment plant. The worms 
process the waste and help to eliminate odors. Sawdust can also be used 
to cover the waste to stop odors. Urine should be diverted from a 
vermicomposting toilet because it may become too wet and may be 
deleterious to the worms. A similar system can be made to be pretty 
maintenance free if a user friendly castings harvesting attachment were 
created. Using worms to handle human waste at the source is an 
innovative solution to human waste going to the waste water plant. It 
could also eliminate up to 3.6 gallons of water per use that would other 
wise be used by a standard flushing toilet.(Alliance for Water 
Efficiency;
http://www.home-water-works.org/indoor-use/toilets)

The vermicomposting toilet article:

Build Your Own Vermicomposting Toilet
Experiments in Sustainable Urban Living
Ole Ersson
http://www.appropedia.org/Welcome_to_Appropedia



Several studies have found that worms are effective for pathogen 
control of human wastes but do not eliminate all. So, it is recommended 
to hot compost the worm castings as a final handling step.

The Effectiveness and Safety of Vermi- Versus Conventional Composting 
of Human Feces with Ascaris suum Ova as Model Helminthic Parasites
Journal of Sustainable Development
Geoff B. Hill, Cecilia Lalander, Susan A. Baldwin
Vol 6, No 4 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/jsd.v6n4p1

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