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The Composting Toilet System Book

Shift Happens!
Learn about Hundreds of Composting Toilet and
Graywater System Options

From cottage toilets to whole-house composters with micro-flush toilets and graywater gardens, The Composting Toilet System Book covers a wide realm of ecological toilet options.

Composting toilet systems and other ecological wastewater management methods are emerging as viable and cost-saving alternatives to wastewater disposal systems worldwide. The book details why—and how to choose, install and maintain them.


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In this book, you will find

  • Descriptions of more than 40 systems--both manufactured and site-built--and their sources
  • Compatible toilet stools and micro-flush toilet installation tips
  • Tips on choosing, planning, installing and maintaining your composting toilet system (including what manufacturers won't tell you!)
  • The experiences of owner-operators worldwide
  • What you should know about graywater systems
  • Regulations and advice about getting your system approved

The Composting Toilet System Book contains the information you need to choose and maintain composting toilet systems and other alternatives to sewer and septic systems. Long used by off-the-grid homeowners, parks and cottage owners, composting toilet systems are now making their way into conventional year-round homes. The technology has improved and is available in styles compatible with upscale bathrooms. Also, the economics have never been better, as both costs and restrictions for water and sewage are increasing. In addition to providing technical information on various systems, the book profiles composting toilet system applications worldwide, provides United States permitting information, and features key maintenance and operation information that the manufacturers do not provide. The book also contains application information about using these systems with graywater systems and flush toilets. Find out how you can have a smaller leachfield, reduce pollution, and help arm yourself and your community against the skyrocketing water and sewage costs of the future.

The book is co-authored by David Del Porto, who has sold and serviced thousands of several models and brands of composting toilet systems since 1972. He has also helped write regulations and performance standards for these systems, and has designed composting toilet and graywater systems for Greenpeace and for developing countries.

Click here to see the Table of Contents.

First Edition Errata

NEW in Revised edition:

  • five new system designs and their sources!
  • urine-diverting toilets in a 32-unit condominium community!
  • a site-built system for an upscale ecotourism resort in Fiji!
  • photos from CEPP's EcoSan Camp in Mexico!
  • an index!
  • more photos!
  • more studies!
  • and more!

$29.95 + $1.75 postage ($12 outside of U.S.).

Buying The Composting Toilet System Book directly from CEPP helps support our work.

The book is also available from your local bookstore--all major U.S. book services carry it--and Chelsea Green Publishing.

In Australia, order from the Appropriate Technology Association (click here, then click on "publications" then "books.")

In the U.K., order the book from Greenbooks.

Book retailers: call for reseller prices.