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Compost toilets

Duration: One day 10am - 4.30pm

Price: £70

Contact: Short Courses Team at Centre for Alternative Technology

Centre for Alternative Technology
SY20 9AZ

Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.
Saturday 13th June 2020
Saturday 5th September 2020
Saturday 17th October 2020

About the Course

A Beginner’s Guide to the Compost Toilet – understanding the biology behind humanure.

Get a foundational understanding of the principles, benefits and limitations of compost toilets on this one day course. During the day we will explore the components required to make a compost toilet system work, the biology of composting to maximise performance, and the cultural trends governing our attitudes towards toilets.

Topics covered include:

• Off the shelf systems from ‘bucket and chuck it’ to more advanced systems
• Impacts of urine separation and chamber layout on output quality and quantity
• Requirements for planning permission
• Management of greywater
• Safety
• Hygiene
• Discussing the ‘yuck’ factor

The course is suitable for anyone with an interest in the compost toilet as a waterless soil generating technology and for creating cost-effective low-maintenance amenities in remote locations.

Tutor Profile

Fin has a BSc in Marine Biology and an MSc in Human Ecology. Fin facilitates the co-design and installation of low impact sanitation solutions for off grid homes, allotments, festivals and campsites in Wales, Scotland and Europe.


Nestled in the foothills of Snowdonia, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a world-renowned eco centre that researches and supports greener ways of living.

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What's included in the price?

Tuition and lunch are provided on the day, and full-board accommodation is available at
CAT if you would like to stay longer.

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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Accommodation offered
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Weekends