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The Composting Toilet System Book: A Practical Guide to Choosing, Planning and Maintaining Composting Toilet Systems, a Water-Saving, Pollution-Preven Paperback – May 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ecowaters Books (May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966678303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966678307
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deals with this topic technically and responsibly. -- Daniel Linter from Portland, Oregon, January 3, 2003

Explains the technologies, sources, applications, graywater issues, and regulations relevant to a composting toilet system. -- Midwest Book Review from Oregon, WI USA

This book can save (readers) all of the mistakes people usually make. -- wili from Washington State, Amazon, 1999

About the Author

David Del Porto has sold and serviced thousands of several models of composting toilets since 1972. He has also designed several systems, starting with systems for parks and for Greenpeace in the Pacific islands. Today, these same designs have been modified for a wide variety of settings, including upscale resorts that demand systems that are non-polluting, are easy to maintain and feature attractive one-pint-flush toilets. His composting toilet and graywater system designs are in homes and public sites worldwide. He has also helped write regulations and performance standards for these systems.

Carol Steinfeld is a freelance writer and projects director for Ecowaters, a nonprofit that informs the public about ecological wastewater recycling options and conducts workshops on this topic worldwide. She is the author of Liquid Gold: The Lore and Logic of Using Urine to Grow Plants and Reusing the Resource: Adventures in Ecological Wastewater Recycling (2nd edition due November 2004).


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Book was just what I needed.
V. Gotaskie
This book has a textbook like structure, but it's incredibly easy to read through.
Amanda Barragar
Del Porto's book is the definitive composting toilet book at this time.
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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Linter on January 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
After reading a couple of books about composting toilets and graywater systems that were either suspiciously poetic or a little too humorous, I was happy to find this book.
As someone who needs a variety of systems for a variety of high-use sites, I was glad to find a book that deals with this topic in technically and responsibly (in terms of public health). I showed this book to my local health agent, and he was far more amenable to permiting an "experimental system" afterwards, saving me a lot of money.
Also, after experimenting with various systems over the years, I am aware that some systems still described in books and magazines just don't work well. The authors of this book have apparently had the same experience, and I appreciate their researching this so completely.
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By WC7P on December 31, 1999
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Del Porto's book is the definitive composting toilet book at this time. There is nothing even close. His book covers all aspects of composting toilet systems and touches on graywater issues as well. He treats the composting toilet as part of the home system. If a person is seriously interested in installing/having a composting toilet, this book can save him/her all of the mistakes people usually make. He even (carefully) explodes some of the advertising myths that the purveyors of composting toilets would have us believe. The book covers ready-made systems as well as home built sytems. As trite as this sounds, the book truly is a must for someone considering intstalling composting toilet.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Scott R. Driver on November 15, 2002
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I would venture that the authors have forgotten more about toilets than most of the rest of us will ever know. There is no possible toilet configuration that does not receive at least cursory discussion. I only have 2 complaints about the book, both of them minor. First there were a couple of systems that I felt were described incompletely and critiqued a bit unfairly. Second, much of the book seemed to be a compilation of other writings without a lot of editing. Consequently there is significant repetition, and a presentation of information that is sometimes slightly disorganized and confusing.
I definitely think that the book is worth reading.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 1999
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This book was well worth the wait. Whether you want to buy a system, or build one, if it's not covered in this book, then chances are it doesn't exist. It covers wet and dry toilets, self-contained composters and also cental units. What I like about this book is that it discusses the pros and cons of each type of design in a very straight forward manner. The authors did a very nice job on this book. If you ever plan on, or are even thinking about a compost toilet system, buy this one now. I leave my copy on my coffee table for guests, it always stirs up a conversation. No sh_t....
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 5, 2000
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The Composting Toilet System Book is an impressive, comprehensive, reader friendly, and practical guide to choosing, planning and maintaining composting toilet systems for those seeking an alternative to traditional sewer and septic tank systems. David Del Porto and Carol Steinfeld collaborate to explain the technologies, sources, applications, graywater issues, and regulations relevant to a composting toilet system for the home, whether manufactured or site-built. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chuck on July 1, 2013
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Highly informational and totally honest, points out all the disadvantages of all the systems with no bias. Composting toilets are definitely not for everyone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V. Gotaskie on May 13, 2012
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Book was just what I needed. Excellent information on the subject, with good explanations, comparisons, practical ideas, and easy to understand instructions.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Barragar on August 27, 2011
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This book has a textbook like structure, but it's incredibly easy to read through. There is tons of useful information too. Love it.
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