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Hi,
So I am trying to gather advise on my larger project: http://www.permies.com/t/54394/passive-solar/sq-ft-pasive-solar-house#449638

I am posting the different elements in their respective categories. Basically I want to create affordable rental properties that teach tenants about Permiculture principles.

I will add sketches latter but in the mean time I can describe my ideas and ask for advise. I want to build a fairly friendly system that only needs to have the compost bin taken out every 6 months or so. Trying to minimize what tenants will have to do so that I can hire someone or come around myself to do all the hard work and leave the tenants with just adding the proper carbon. I have two ideas the first that I prefer is to have the bathroom on the second floor and have a dedicated outside door where I can roll in a dolly and pick up the composter to take to the woods for further composting. I suspect that I may need to line the room to protect against the unlikely event of a blow out.

My second idea was to put the composter in the basement but that would require digging a ramp below grade to get it out.

I have a general plan to try and build the composting chamber out of joinery. I would use something like hemlock or another rot resistant wood. The idea being that it sits for 6 months inside then is taken to the woods where it will sit till the wood around it is also earth. The idea being that the time it takes the wood to break down will be greater than the year it takes to properly breakdown and cook away the various harmful elements. I plan to sen sample in to labs to document the success of the process and make sure everything continues to work as expected. If there are still any harmful concentrations after the couple years of composting then I will try adding it to the first stage of the regular lawn and kitchen scraps compost. It is my hope to compile evidence to convince society as a whole and get uninspired bills rewritten.

I would like advise first I plan to have a grey water system that I could easily tie a diverter into but I have heard it can cause cleaning problems as it tends to get the dirtier side of things smeared on it. Moreover especially with adding very dry sawdust material removing the pee element might prevent the thermophilic phase from occurring which is the most important for removing dangerous elements. Any suggestions on which method is better?

Second I already have found out that it is state law that only one commercial composting toilet is legal and that one doesn't exist. I will be looking into becoming a "commercial manufacturer and designing my system to fit the law". I will let you know when I get the design from the state the guy who informed me said it was something about feeding the supplementary composting material. Not sure what that means but I already have some ideas for some mechanical carbon material feeding shoots.

Any advise for talking to government? I really want to remove the obstacles and educate people on how to compost Humanure responsibly.
 
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I did a little poking around and landed here: MOFGA "Common Throne" Composting Toilet

Considering the nature of what you're trying to do with the whole project, MOFGA would be an excellent resource, especially considering the clout they have with the state regulatory bodies Definitely worth getting in touch with them to go over some of your plans, such as for the humanure composting toilet(s), for feedback and, more importantly, support. Could mean the difference between fighting tooth and nail with nasty, stuck in their ways and narrow minded sad-makers and having access to the bright-eyed, future thinking and permaculturally-minded gems hiding away inside "the system".

Remember, MOFGA is *very* well funded and a very important resource here in this state. They're our David in the battle with the govern-mental Goliaths
 
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