One of the biggest challenges for allotment gardeners is finding a solution for the toilet in the allotment garden. This is because flush toilets, as we know them from home, are prohibited by the federal allotment garden law.
The reason for this is that no waste water is allowed to be produced in allotment gardens. This is probably to prevent people from living permanently in their allotments, which is also against the law.
Moreover, allotment gardens are not connected to the sewage system anyway, which makes it even clearer here: The allotment toilet must function without water!
Which solutions come into question for this and which are better not? You can find out now by continuing to read this article.
Toilet in the allotment garden: These options are gone!
Seepage pits, as they were common in the past, still exist in isolated cases, but their use is illegal. If you have such a pit in your allotment, then you should only use it for the infiltration of rainwater.
Other variants of outhouses, where urine and "big business" go directly into the ground, are also prohibited.
Very rarely is a communal sanitary facility provided in allotment sites. If you are one of the allotment gardeners who have access to the shared toilet facility, it sounds convenient at first, but if your garden is in the farthest allotment row, you have a decent walk ahead of you every time.
This is not a comfortable solution in the long run. Or who wants to have to interrupt their garden work a little longer or leave their barbecue food unattended on the grill for a while?
Faulting and not going to the toilet is definitely not a solution either. Because without the possibility to go to the toilet, it will be rather crampy for you, your family or your guests instead of relaxed.
Toilet in the allotment garden – you have to pay attention to this:
No toilet with water connection
No toilet where residue can seep directly into the floor
For this reason, collection tanks in toilets must be absolutely leak-proof
Community sanitary facilities are rarely available and are only used by allotment gardeners who have their garden in the immediate vicinity of the toilet facility.
The only convenient solution for a toilet in the allotment garden is your own! Here you can not only determine the hygiene concept itself, but also take into account the environmental aspect!
Therefore, the question: What are the alternatives to flush toilets? And which of these garden toilets is best suited?
Toilet in the allotment garden: what variants are there?
#1 Chemical toilets as a toilet in the allotment garden
To give you a complete overview of the toilet options in the allotment garden, we list chemical toilets. Whereby a chemical toilet runs completely counter to the idea of nature, which is why it is rather to be refrained from.
Problems with chemical toilets:
All feces are collected in the toilet. To cover up the stink, chemicals are used that contribute to a mixture that continues to smell bad. Accordingly, this "toilet solution" is neither environmentally friendly nor user-friendly.
Difficult to clean: Since feces and urine directly touch the toilet, the use of water is required. Extreme caution is required to avoid chemical residues coming into contact with the skin, as they are skin corrosive.
Disposal only possible at special disposal stations, as the chemical mixture must not be discharged into the sewage system under any circumstances.
Conclusion chemical toilets:
Chemical toilets meet the legal requirements for a toilet in the allotment garden, as they work without water and the leftovers have to be collected and then disposed of.
However, if you want to contribute to the environment and do without the stench, you are better off with the following solutions.
#2 Composting toilets as a toilet in the allotment
A composting toilet usually consists of a box containing a collection container, a hole and a toilet seat. In the collection container, which is located under the toilet seat, all excreta are collected and moisture-bound with the help of, for example, wood chips or similar.
On the one hand, the litter has the effect that odors are quite minimized, and on the other hand, it serves visual purposes.
As the name "composting toilet" implies, the leftovers are then composted and returned to nature as fertilizer in the cycle. For this purpose, the collection container is either emptied into the garden composter or in the central collection point of the allotment garden site.
Conclusion composting toilets:
A composting toilet complies with legal requirements, as no water is used and no wastewater is produced. Above all, composting toilets are quite odorless and do their bit for the environment, as disposal joins the natural cycle.
A further development of this composting toilet is the separation toilet.
#3 composting toilet as a toilet in the allotment garden
A composting toilet works like a composting toilet, but it offers an additional advantage. This is because in a composting toilet, the "big business" is collected separately from the "little business", making this toilet solution a virtually odor-free one.
This is only made possible by the separation of urine and defecation, as the meeting of the two is initial for the formation of ammonia. And this ammonia in turn is mainly responsible for odor formation. Accordingly: no ammonia, no odor.
This is how a composting toilet works:
Under the toilet seat, there is a separator insert in the box, so that urine is directed directly into a closable canister, whereas solid remains go into the separate collection container. These are covered with sawdust and the like, so that moisture is bound and the formation of odors is prevented.
You can simply dispose of the urine in the garden, provided you mix it with water in a ratio of 1:10. Easy makes this the spill-proof canisters, so that the disposal is uncomplicated and hygienic.
Fecal matter can either be composted or disposed of in the trash. Optionally, you can also use the dump house at your allotment.
Also, use compostable bags as inlays for your collection bin, then cleaning is not an issue for you. Because thanks to these bio-bags, nothing comes into contact with your collection bin.
Conclusion composting toilet:
The composting toilet also meets the legal requirements on the subject of WC in the allotment garden. Since the composting toilet is one of the dry toilets, you also get along without water and does not cause any waste water.
Of all the toilet types that come into question for your allotment, the composting toilet is the most odor-neutral type: there is no to minimal odor formation, since the separation of urine and defecation prevents odor-causing ammonia from being produced.
The composting toilet does its part for the environment because the waste materials are composted and then returned to nature.
In addition, this garden toilet is easy to clean because with the use of compostable bags, the contents never come into contact with the toilet's collection tank. A damp cloth and a biological detergent are all users need to wipe out the separation toilet.
Garden toilet house: This is how your toilet gets a beautiful facade!
If you have decided on a garden toilet, then a toilet house is one of our recommended garden tips. Here you can either implement your own ideas, buy a kit or a ready-made toilet house.
Add a few pretty decorative elements and your quiet little toilet in the garden is perfect! This pretty clever solution for a toilet in the garden will be applauded by ALL!
Conclusion toilet in the allotment: the composting toilet beats everything!
In terms of comfort, environmental awareness and hygiene, the separation toilet beats everything! Our claim: handy format, environmentally friendly and the whole thing at a fair price. In order to realize this, we have put our know-how in product development into the design of our own composting toilet.
Our Boxio toilet is not only suitable as a toilet in the allotment garden, but is also the ideal solution for a toilet in the camper, on the boat or wherever the toilet is missing in the outdoor area.
We at Boxio are not theorists, but real outdoor solution finders! We are happy to share our knowledge and experience!
FAQ Toilet in the allotment
Which toilet in the allotment?
In an allotment garden, only dry toilets are possible due to legal requirements. Based on our experience, we recommend a composting toilet.
Are septic tanks allowed in the garden?
Septic tanks in which wastewater is absorbed are prohibited.
How often does a camping toilet need to be emptied?
This depends on the capacity of the camping toilet. The Boxio toilet is enough for 8-10 toilets and should be emptied every 2-3 days.
What is the best garden toilet?
The best toilet for the garden is the composting toilet. It almost completely prevents the formation of odors, the contents are composted and returned to nature. Also, it is easy to clean.