As necessary it is to take loo while camping, as mandatory it is to clean your waste. Firstly, because it is a moral duty to clean the toilet and keep the campsite tidy and a place that does not stink like a public toilet.
Accumulated human waste is a concern as it might cause some serious problems and also some serious diseases like giardiasis, leptospirosis. Well, diseases don’t happen that easily but it might be the initial causes. Precaution better than cure!
You don’t have many options to store the human waste, as you will be using portable toilets, as long as you don’t find an actual public toilet on the campsite of a nearby gas station.
Additionally, human waste might attract wildlife like rodents, deer, and even bears to your campsite. To avoid any of these desirable situations, you need to properly dispose of human waste.
We have a solution on how to DIY portable toilets while camping here. In this article, we will see how to dispose of human waste properly.
Let’s get started, shall we?
Guide To Know Various Camping Toilets And How They Work?
The disposal method is based on the type of toilet you use for camping. Camping toilets range from intricate flushable systems to basic bags. Some come with a double-bag system that you can use to tote away your business.
There are 3 types of camping toilets: Buckets toilet, collapsible and flushable. You can find how to make your bucket toilet for amping in the DIY portable article linked above.
A collapsible toilet looks like a stand holding a toilet seat and bag, it is foldable and is easy for transport. A flushable toilet is the most elaborate type includes a small plumbing system and comes with a waste holding tank that helps to minimize odors.
This toilet uses a bag and this means that the bag collects all of the waste and you don’t have to deep clean it wearing a hazard suit every time you go to empty it.
You can add separate toilet seats to it to increase the comfort and ease to use this toilet. This also comes with one more disadvantage of its inability to separate solid and liquid waste.
Until and unless, you use two portable ones for separate use, you will be left with a bag filled with liquid and solid waste, which might burst anytime while you carry it to the disposal place.
Disposing of this waste is easy, just tie the bag in a knot on the top and find a sewage disposal spot to discard this. Till you find a disposal place, store it in a large bucket/bin with a lid.
The Compost Toilet
These toilets come with a flush. The toilet seat is at a higher position than a bucket toilet that means you have you do not have to squat and strain your thighs. They also come with a toilet seat that means it’s comfortable. Find a model that also has a toilet paper holder so that you do not have to carry it yourself separately.
These model of toilets usually comes with a detachable tank banate the toilet seat and the flesh does the word to push to waste into the tank. That means when the lower tank is filled with the waste you can simply detach the lower tank can empty it into the sewage water for a place appropriate for human waste disposal.
Most of the time these lower tanks are equipped with substances that can compose your waist easily just like sawdust.
Here is an easy guide on how to use compost toilets while camping.
How To Empty The Toilet?
You will have to make sure you get rid of it and with as minimum interaction with the waste as possible.
We all are required to be a responsible camper and find an appropriate place to dispose of that should not cause harm to the natural spots and should also respect the fellow campus in the neighborhood.
Although human waste will decompose over time, it might also contain toxins that can be harmful to nature and humans.
You cannot simply empty it onto the ground it will be hazardous for an amount of time leaving a great stench and a poor fellow camper may have the misfortune of stepping on it. How gross that would be!
Steps To Dispose Of Toilet Waste While Camping
1.Find the disposing sight
- Most of the campsites have a waste disposal spot or pit to clean your toilet.
- Once you reach the campsite and set your tenting area and campfire area, take a walk around and search for the disposal spot.
- If you save the spot searching hunt for the last minute then you will end up wandering around on the campsite carrying a heavy bag of excrement in your hand.
- Once you found the disposal spot, Figure out a short and plane path to go to the spot from your area.
- The last thing you want to do on a camping trip is to trip on a stone with a handful of human excretion.
- Consider getting your portable toilet either early in the morning or just before the sunset when there is less crowd.
- This will save you the time of standing in a queue to empty or toilet while holding a heavy tub of human waste.
2. Preparing Your Portable Toilet For Unloading
- As we discussed earlier, the majority of portable toilets come with two tanks or they come in a bag system.
- If you are using a portable bag system toilet then you don’t have to worry about emptying it or carrying it.
- If you have a tank system toilet, Light the compost toilet for the toilet in RVs. There are usually two tanks one is the freshwater tank and another is a wastewater tank. The wastewater tank contains the waste that is to be disposed of.
- If you do not want your tank to be too heavy consider emptying them from time to time.
3. Take Your Tank To The Disposal Area
- Carefully take your tank or bag filled with human waste to the disposal spot.
- The path to the spot is too rocky or full of stone take your time and walk slowly.
- Get your rubber gloves or safety gloves to avoid any bacterial infection to your skin.
- Are different kinds of disposal areas like some of them have open grids that you pour your waist onto and others come in a format that is like a trash dispenser with the lid on.
- Remove the cap from the top of the spout of your waste holding tank and hold it carefully preparing it for emptying.
- Some tanks come with a rotating spout. The rotating spout forces the waste further away from your hands and standing position, minimizing the risk of getting splashed.
- If your tank does not have a spout then make sure to take a further step back as to not risk getting splashed. simply pour out the waste onto the grid or disposal tank under which the waste has subsided.
4. Washing Your Waste Tank
- Make sure to close the waste disposal area.
- Should be a tab or host to clean out your tank.
- Fill the tank with clean water, put the lid back on, and shake it a little to remove any bits that have stuck to the side.
- Mote back into the disposal area and keep repeating the process until the water starts to run clear.
5. Return The Tank
- If you were still in the middle of a camping trip leave a little bit of freshwater inside and mixed in the disinfectant toilet chemical to it is ready to be used again.
- If it is a cleanup at the end of a trip then don’t follow this step.
- Carry the waste holding tank back to your portable toilet and replace it as it was before.
- If your water tank needs to be refilled then now is the ideal time to take it over to the tank or host to do so.
- Dispose of your gloves and wash your hands thoroughly to ensure you haven’t picked up any harmful bacteria.
If you are confused about How to set up your camping toilet or how to maintain the cleanliness of your toilet then click on this link.
I hope this article helped you with your problems about how to dispose of human waste while camping. we also looked into how to get through this process without hurting your dignity.
There is nothing to be ashamed of in your area or Campsite. some campsites even have stick guidelines that are required to be followed or otherwise they take strict actions.
You have any different creative ways to dispose of human waste then please let us know in the comment section below. We would love to hear those.
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Until then happy camping!