With the colder months fast approaching, many of our customers ask if there are some specific things they should be doing to maintain their composting toilets in colder weather. The good news is that composting toilets work in colder weather. Even for our most southern brothers and sisters in Tasmania who see winter temperatures plummet to near zero degrees, a composting toilet is still a viable option as long as it’s maintained properly.
Turn your pile before it gets really cold
If you haven’t turned or mixed your composting toilet pile in a while, now would be a good time to do so. Mixing your pile will help redistribute the hot centre of the pile into the cooler outer areas which will help keep the overall temperature of your pile within the ideal range for decomposition of waste.
Keep your composting toilet warm
If you live in more southern states and regularly experience temperatures below 15 degrees celsius, it would be a good idea to insulate your composting container (see our winter composting tips) or using a heating pad.
Keep using your loo
If your composting toilet is in a shed or holiday home that isn’t being used over the winter period, it’s a good idea to ensure it’s used every now and again so there’s new waste being added to your composting pile. Leaving your pile for long periods of time when it’s cold isn’t optimal however if you find your pile has stopped working or gone dormant, you can activate it again with some Nature Quick Microbes
If you’ve got additional questions about composting toilets in the winter months, please feel free to contact us during business hours on 1300 138 182.