WaterSan Perspective Reporters
November 08, 2013

The UK’s largest garden building manufacturer, Dunster House Ltd, has announced that it is targeting the African marketplace to become a supplier in the near future, of their unique sanitation solutions.

“We believe that with the right distribution network, we could bring our unique off grid solutions to the African marketplace in order to contribute to providing sanitation and energy solutions, which are sustainable and eco-friendly,” said Company director Chris Murphy.

Dunster House Ltd, based in the UK, has designed the ‘Devco Eco Compost Toilets’ as an alternative option that can allow the users to recycle waste for use in compost or as plant fertilizers. The company are also exhibiting their ‘sanitation solutions’ at the AidEx exhibition in Belgium in November.

DEVCO Eco Composting Toilet
DEVCO Eco Composting Toilet

The ‘Devco Eco-Composting Toilets’ are timber built outhouses with a urine diversion system to enable the collection and storage of waste for future use.

Company director Chris Murphy explained that there are a variety of potential uses and locations where a waterless toilet can be implemented and offer a sanitation solution.

“Without the need for water; our composting toilets offer a sustainable solution for many rural or remote locations where sewer and water connection is too expensive or unavailable.” He said.

The toilet has been designed to separate waste to allow for users to collect it for potential recyclable purposes if the correct procedures are followed.

Two waste collection bins are provided underneath the toilet, which can be swapped to allow for the drying process once the first bin is full. Urine can be diverted into a separate container or into a soak-away in the ground outside of the building.

Chris added that ‘Urine is high in nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus, which if diluted correctly could be used as a valuable fertilizer supplement whilst growing plants; whereas faeces can be reused if dried for a significant period of time to eliminate pathogens.”

With factories, distribution and manufacturing sites in the UK, Estonia, Hungary and Poland; Dunster House Ltd is an international company with a growing export division reflecting the company’s expansion.

The Inside Part of DevCo Eco Composting Toilet
The Inside Part of DevCo Eco Composting Toilet

The company is currently searching for experienced trade partners with widespread network capabilities with whom they could partner with.

The company are exhibiting their ‘sanitation solutions’ at the Aidex exhibition in Belgium between 13 – 14th November.

For more information regarding the company’s Eco Toilets and export opportunities visit www.dunsterhouse.com

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