Composting Toilet Resources

1. Presentations (pdf)

2. Video

  • Video about the Bronx Zoo’s sewerless bathroom (composting toilets and greywater systems). Watch here.
  • Page of videos on the humanure method here.


 Peak Moment TV 172: Laura Allen gives an intimate tour of a home-built composting toilet in her Bay Area urban home. The nutrient-rich composted “humanure” is used to enrich the lush, edible landscape, and doesn’t waste precious drinking water like flush toilets. The co-founder of Greywater Action shows the throne-like toilet compartment whose distinctive feature is a urine diverter. Pee and poop are collected in separate containers beneath the toilet, and are accessed outside the house. Sterile pee is watered in at the base of plants, while poop is collected in barrels and aged for a year or more until it has composted fully. What a way to go!


This video from National Geographic gives a clear overview of composting toilets and how they work.




Watch Jacquelyn De Gracia tour the composting toilets at a pizzeria, Ochento’s Pizza restaurant, located in the Wine Country of San Antonio de Las Minas, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. These toilets do not contaminate nor produce bad odors. 100% eco friendly.

3. Photos

Click here for more composting toilet images.

4. Brochures and handouts

5. Studies

6. Publications

  • Books:
    • The Humanure Handbook by Joseph Jenkins
    • The Composting Toilet Systems Book by David DelPorto and Carol Steinfeld.
    • Community Guide to Environmental Health. Illustrated guide to water quality, social inequality, toilets and toxics, and much more! by Jeff Conant and Pam Fadem.
    • Liquid Gold-The Lore and Logic of Using Urine to Grow Plants. by Carol Steinfeld
  • Reports:
  • Articles:
    • Skaneateles Lake Watershed Composting Toilet Project in Small Flows Quarterly.  The City of Syracuse, New York, selected composting toilets for a demonstration project to phase out a century-old service of collecting pails of raw sewage from privies located at private residences in the watershed of its primary drinking water supply, Skaneateles Lake.

7. Suppliers and Educational Organizations

  • Suppliers of toilets and urine diverters
  •  International educational organizations:
  • Emergency toilet designs from Relieve (New Zealand)
  • ReCode– US organization working on policy change.
  • The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) Open Discussion Forum. Active forum from ecological sanitation researchers, educators, and practitioners around the world.