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Nature's Head Composting Toilet: How to Empty it

by Cherry May November 29, 2023 3 min read

A Step-by-Step Guide to Emptying your Nature’s Head Composting Toilet

Nature's Head Composting Toilet

Simplifying the Emptying Process

The Nature's Head Composting Toilet is celebrated for its eco-friendliness and simplicity, but one aspect that often raises questions is the emptying process. This guide aims to demystify the steps involved in emptying the Nature's Head Composting Toilet, ensuring a clean and hassle-free experience.

Understanding the Right Time to Empty

Before diving into the process of emptying your composting toilet safely, it's crucial to recognize when the toilet needs emptying for the liquid and solid wastes. The frequency of emptying the Nature's Head Composting Toilet depends on usage, but generally, the solid waste container requires attention every 4-6 weeks for regular use. For those using sphagnum peat moss or coconut coir as a composting medium, these materials help manage odors and decompose waste efficiently, indicating the right time to add more compost material or empty the unit. Monitoring the level of both liquid and solid wastes is key to maintaining your composting toilet effectively.

Preparation: Tools and Materials Needed

Gearing up with the right tools and materials is essential for a smooth emptying process. Along with gloves and natural cleaning supplies, having a proper composting bin or traditional compost bin ready for the already composted material is essential. For liquid waste, the liquid waste container or urine bottle should be emptied frequently to prevent odor. The solid waste adheres to the compost bin, making it easy to transfer to a storage container or other appropriate facility for further composting.

Step-by-Step Emptying Process

  1. Separation of Liquid and Solid Wastes Containers: Begin by removing the liquid waste vessel or urine tank holder. Diluted urine can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner, ensuring not to disturb the composting head's balance.

  2. Removing the Solids Bin: Gently detach the solid waste tank, being mindful of any residual matter clinging to the sides. You can spray the sides with a spray bottle with vinegar and water. The dry compost medium, such as peat moss, helps in this process by ensuring the solid waste is ready for the compost pile.

  3. Emptying the Solids Bin: Carefully empty the solid wastes into a designated compostable waste bag, utilizing the trash bag method for a cleaner process. If you encounter increased odor production, adding more sphagnum peat moss can help neutralize smells.

  4. Cleaning the Bin: Address any persistent urine odors or residues by using a paper towel moistened with a solution made from swimming pool supply stores or other commercial cleaning compounds. However, remember that the goal is to maintain the natural balance, so avoid harsh chemicals.

  5. Reassembly: After cleaning, ensure the vent hose is clear and reassemble the toilet. Adding fresh human wastes to the composting chamber without diluting with non-organic materials like traditionally bleached toilet paper helps maintain proper compost action.

Nature's Head Diagram

    Post-Emptying Care

    After the compost material has been transferred to the proper composting bin, adding a fresh layer of peat moss or coconut coir to the solids container kickstarts the composting process anew. This practice ensures that your Nature's Head Composting Toilet is ready for immediate use, maintaining its role as an efficient and eco-friendly waste management system.

    Environmental Considerations in Disposal

    The composted material, now rich in nutrients, is perfect for ornamental gardens but should remain confined from edible plant areas unless it has been thoroughly processed and deemed safe. The proper disposal of liquid waste, especially diluted urine, should occur in an appropriate manner, further contributing to the sustainability of this innovative toilet solution.

    A Simple and Eco-friendly Process

    Emptying the Nature's Head Composting Toilet is a straightforward and eco-friendly process. By following these steps, users can ensure a clean and efficient routine, contributing to the sustainability and practicality of this innovative toilet solution.

    Nature's Head Composting Toilet

    Nature's Head Composting Toilet

    We at Wild Oak Trail decided to get ourselves our own Nature's Head Composting Toilet to see what the fuss is all about! Check out our YouTube videos as we explore why the Nature's Head Composting Toilet is the favorite of the preppers, adventure seekers and the RV living community!


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    Of course if you have any questions at all about setting up your Nature's Head, or maintaining it, or checking to see if it's working correctly, give us a call, chat in or email us at Wild Oak Trail! 1-844-WILDOAK (1-844-954-3625), www.wildoaktrail.com or customersupport@wildoaktrail

    Cherry May
    Cherry May

    Cherry May, the heart of Wild Oak Trail as the Store Manager, brings an unmatched dedication to customer service enriched by six years of hands-on experience and learning. Her journey with Wild Oak Trail has seen her evolve into a cornerstone of the community, renowned for her expertise in off-grid living, solar generators, and comprehensive prepping. Customers and colleagues alike applaud her for an impeccable service ethos, effortlessly blending profound knowledge with a genuine commitment to meeting every individual's needs.

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