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Compost toilets can provide a sanitation solution when water or electricity are not available, or when you simply want to make more compost or less environmental pollution.

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The author's web store where you can buy the Humanure Handbook 4th edition (free shipping) and other related books and items.


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Joe began self-publishing when he turned his masters thesis into the non-fiction Humanure Handbook and published it in 1995. The first edition of the book was execrable, but it developed a life of its own somehow, and has gone on to sell 70,000 copies so far and be translated in whole or in part into 19 languages over four editions. The 4th edition, subtitled "shit in a nutshell," and completely revised and updated, was released in April 2019.

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Composting, by definition, has three requirements: 1) human management; 2) aerobic conditions; and 3) the generation of internal biological heat. If these three requirements are not met, “composting” is not taking place and the end result should not be called “compost.” Most devices referred to as “composting toilets” do not produce compost and should be referred to as “dry toilets” or “biological toilets,” anything but “composting” toilets.

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Joseph Jenkins, author of the Humanure Handbook, began offering international consulting services in 2006. Joe works with NGOs, private consulting firms, government entities, and aid agencies as time allows, sometimes paid, sometimes as a volunteer. With two and a half billion people in the world lacking toilets, composting can provide a sanitation solution that is ecological, sanitary, inexpensive, and revolutionary. Joe works often with

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Compost toilets produce no waste, no sewage, no wastewater, no odor and no environmental pollution. They conserve water while producing soil fertility. There’s a big difference between “compost toilets,” “composting toilets,” and “dry toilets.” A dry toilet is any toilet that doesn’t depend on water to function, like a flush toilet does. A "composting toilet" is a misnomer. Toilets don't compost, people do. A "compost toilet" collects organic material for composting elsewhere.


Compost Toilet Overview

Loveable Loo Overview
The Loveable Loo

A compost toilet requires no water, plumbing, pipes, vents, drains, electricity, or urine separation. It's a toilet that makes gardens. It's designed to collect toilet material for composting in a separate location. This 11 minute video provides a brief overview on the toilet and the processes.

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How to build a compost bin in 10 minutes.
How to Build a Compost Bin in 10 MInutes

This is a video specifically for humanure composters, but this quick pallet bin process will work for any type of composting. Joe Jenkins, author of the Humanure Handbook, shows how to put up a bin in 10 minutes, empty humanure receptacles, and use cover material to create a safe, ecological sanitation system.

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Joseph Jenkins, Inc.
143 Forest Ln, Grove City, PA 16127 US
Fax: 814-786-8209
Ph: 1-814-786-9085
We are in northwestern Pennsylvania, not far from the Ohio border, just off Interstate 80 near Barkeyville, PA.



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About Us

The Humanure Handbook was an accidental literary phenomenon. Joe Jenkins began writing the book as a master's thesis while attending Slippery Rock University's Master of Science in Sustainable Systems program in Pennsylvania in the early 90s. Fastinated with the topic of humanure composting, Jenkins decided to convert the book's language into a popular format and self-publish the thesis as a book.

Jenkins maintains a business in north western Pennsylvania (Joseph Jenkins, Inc.), where he resides with a large garden, an orchard, several family members, and a compost pile or two. Jenkins speaks at various venues when time allows, provides consulting services, maintains a publishing business, and three online stores.