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A toilet capable of converting human feces into compost that can be used as fertilizer. To be effective and esthetically acceptable fecal odors must be minimized and the residue must be reasonably dry, free of fecal pathogens, and safe to handle. This is accomplished by decomposition that relies on actinomycetes, molds, and aerobic bacteria that can be refreshed occasionally with small quantities of vegetable waste. A composting toilet does not require a water supply or connection to reticulated sewerage or a septic tank. In arid regions or those not connected to a sewerage service, it is a useful alternative method. For more information, see http://www.compostingtoilet.org/.

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