I’m absolutely thrilled to be completing the internal mechanisms of a vermicomposting flush toilet at zone Sasha where the worker’s quarters are located. This project has been delayed for 6 months but finally it’s nearing completion.
Embarking on this project has been giving me the jitters by virtue of the fact that I believe it’s never been done before in Malaysia (please shout out at the comments to prove me wrong; I need all the technical guidance I can get from you out there!). Hence, there’s a million and one things that can go wrong.
Due to factors of permanence and the improbability of relocating/changing the sewage processing method, I can’t afford to have a system failure. If I run into problems, I will have to sort this out myself until it works. That’s scary with no local and real world time-tested experiences to fall back on.
Once the IBC tank’s content are moistened and 500gms worth of worms are deployed, I would need to let the system settle for 2 weeks while the worms do their thing to settle in their new home, before it’s “launched” with the first dump of human poop. I wait in anticipation!
Why a vermicomposting flush toilet? A proven working model for redeployment elsewhere in consultancy works. An educational subject matter. A conversation piece. A living monument of sustainability. A cultural necessity. The arborloo composting dry toilet isn’t as universally acceptable in the Asian context as compared to a regular flush toilet.
In my opinion, conventional septic tanks are inert and “wasteful”. In a truly zero-waste farm setup, waste should be non-existent. Every last trace of nutrient should be recycled and reused. That’s the goal.
I will be sharing the industrial/minimalist-inspired design of the toilet interior soon, along with the soak away filter beds later.