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Wheelie Bin Trailers for Humanure…

November 25, 2011 | Humanure, Uncategorized | 9 comments | Author:

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Perhaps you can tell at a glance why I am so excited by this photo? I’ll tell you. We have a humanure compost toilet system built on wheelie bins. We love it. But the place we want to use the finished, composted humanure is over the hill from the toilet block.

At the moment, we’re loading full wheelie bins of humanure onto the back of the Milkwood truck and shipping it over the hill. It works as a system, but it isn’t ideal. Maybe these wheelie bin trailers will hold the answer!

Wheelie bins in use in our humanure toilet block. A great solution, but heavy when they're full!
Wheelie bins of humanure, composting happily at the back of the Milkwood Farm toilet block. But how best to get them over the hill to their final destination?
© Retracad http://www.retracad.com.au
© Retracad http://www.retracad.com.au

It might well be that one of these contraptions (designed to transporting wheelie bins of rubbish I imagine) would be a much better idea for our wheelie bin humanure toilets than our current plan that involves winches and skids to crank wheelie bins up onto the truck.

What a great idea! I’m excited.

If you are also excited by wheelie bin trailers (I understand if you’re not, but if you are), here’s some leads:

Possibly (if you like wheelie bins or humanure) related posts:



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9 COMMENTS


  • Bruce Miller November 25, 2011 at 8:38 am | Reply

    Gobar Gas! Where is your methane generator? Ontario, Canada farmers actually collect methane, and use huge diesel inspired generators to pump electricity back into the grid at peak times for biggest cash rewards. Slurries form this process are then applied to fields as fertilizer – all manures can be added in? Anybody know?
    Anaerobic digesters appear to be fairly large affairs, and stationary, with piping for moving the manures, methane and slurries. Read the book “SMART” study this acronym hard, think long plan, consult, and search the net for all endeavors then build yourselves a simple “hands-free” system that lets gravity do the heavy lifting!


    1. milkwoodkirsten November 25, 2011 at 9:21 am | Reply

      er, we’re not doing biogas digestors at this point, we’re using the humanure compost on tree plantings instead, cause that’s what we need at this point in our farm’s development: more nutrient and trace elements! Horses for courses!


  • Maggie November 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Reply

    Bloody ingenious as far as I’m concerned…LOVE the use of the wheelie bin and I’m sure with a little thought you’ll come up with a perfect solution. Bruce@ as far as I know it goes against all organic practices and even conventional practices to use humanure in/on fields in Canada and most other countries in the world. Trees, shrubs, flowers sure knock your socks off but edible crops its a no go. If that is in fact what you were speaking of, or where you speaking of cows etc. But even then I’d would suspect a composting of whatever the manure/slurry would be much more effective, slopping that stuff on any field could have potentially irreversible damage. But rest assured you permies know that! :O)

    Maggie in BC Canada


  • Damian Harrison November 26, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Reply

    Our garbage bin has always just been taken up the road on the towball of the car. Simple and effortless but not pretty if it falls over. All about the driving!


  • christopherreay June 25, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Reply

    @maggie: These people are using Human Manure Compost, not raw sewage. Composting is a natural, living process which normalises… almost anything organic!!! to be used as fertiliser

    (Human raw sewage is not considered safe anywhere, as it contains pathogens which do/can live in the human digestive system)


  • christopherreay June 25, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Reply

    Also, if someone wants to offer you the tech/time to put in a biodigestor… that would be grrrreat!!!


  • milkwoodkirsten June 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Reply

    Yes this is a system using properly composted humanure, we wouldn’t dream of using anything else. Have a look at the above linked posts that explain the system. It’s all there.


  • christopherreay June 25, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply

    Actually (i just read it) human raw sewage is used to grow about 10% of the Worlds food, in the poorest areas. If used something like 1 week before planting there is little or no risk of contamination of the actual food crop. Urine can be used as a replacement for water AND fertilizer, and is basically salt and water and stuff. With proper care this a safe.

    I imagine composting provide much more available source of nutrients to plants, but I have no idea!


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