So I have been using an empty juice bottle the last couple of years to collect urine for my compost and plants but it is kind of awkward peeing in a bottle. I live in the city and don’t have a compost toilet but I have two sons and figured if I made some kind of urinal I could get them to use it too. Here is what I came up with. I started with one of those blue square water storage containers that I bought at Walmart sometime in the past. I then ordered a Hopkins FloTool 10705 Giant Funnel from Amazon for about $5. I got lucky and it fits perfectly in the water container once I took the faucet off. The funnel is huge. Super cheap and easy to make, easy to use. I have used it a couple of weeks now and it only smells a bit when I am actually peeing in it. No smell at all afterwards.
I ordered a second funnel and plan on connecting it to a 5 gallon bucket filled with woodchips or maybe charcoal and see how that works out. I just wanted to share an easy cheap way to still collect urine even though many of us still live in the constraints of the city.
Here is another thing I remember from my Army days in Haiti. We had a bunch of 55 gallon metal drums cut in half and used them under the toilets. Then we took turns everyday pulling them out and pouring some kind of diesel fuel mixture in them and lighting them on fire. We had to stand there half a day and keep stirring them to burn everything to a crisp. Then we threw the ashes over the hill. I had totally forgoten about that. What a waste! Using up fossil fuels to destroy nutrients that a poor country like Haiti desperetley needed. Makes me sick to think of all the stupid things I did 20 years ago.
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We use (during compost season, anyway) a 6 gallon bucket filled with sawdust and one of those emergency or camping toilet seat lids--one of the good ones with an O-ring to seal it. By the time it starts to small, it is time to dump it anyway.
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If I have a 15 liter bucket filled with sawdust/shavings (500:1 C:N) and 6-7 liters of urine(0.8:1 C:N), what is the carbon to nitrogen ratio of the combination. Apparently, I missed the math class where the teacher discussed pee buckets.
At work we use a 5 gallon bucket in our cube van when there are no other facilities. Just pick it up with one hand, control yourself with the other and go. I just thought of doing this at home with a bucket and sawdust, then I will toss it in my compost or under my trees. Nice transition until I get my toilet built and set-up. I will probably have a pee bucket and a poo bucket instead of a urine diverter. I believe you can even buy toilet seats that fit on a 5 gallon bucket for the ladies. I feel like peeing in sawdust would be less smelly than straight urine in a container.