Published in: 2004
For most people sanitation means sitting on a toilet and flushing away the excreta to waste or simply sitting or squatting on a pit toilet and letting the waste matter build up in a pit. In both cases the excreta is disposed of and forgotten in the quickest and most convenient way. To be frank, this is an entirely logical view - there are far more important things to concern us all. But in a world which is becoming increasingly polluted from excreta, and where many of the world’s population do not have access to a decent toilet at all, it does make sense to look at excreta in another way. The fact is that excreta can easily be made safe and contains valuable nutrients which can be used for enhancing the growth of food. And the methods of achieving this are not complex or expensive. On the contrary, they can be undertaken very cheaply, with great benefit to those who try.
Morgan, P. (2004). An ecological approach to sanitation in Africa - A compilation of experiences. Aquamor, Zimbabwe
Composting, vermicomposting (solid waste), composting toilets English Food security and productive sanitation (WG5) Guidelines and manuals Peri-urban Practitioners Rural Sub-Saharan Africa
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