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How To Handle Waste Management In Your Tiny House

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Are you getting ready to join the tiny house movement? It's a wonderful way to live more simply, reduce waste, be kinder to the environment, and save money. That's why it's so appealing to so many people. After the layout of your house, one of the first things that you'll probably think about when building your house is how to handle waste management. It's a particular concern when your tiny house is a mobile one, but it's something you need to pay special attention to even in a tiny house in a fixed location.

Here's how to handle waste management in a tiny house in a way that's both environmentally friendly and inexpensive.

Get a Composting Toilet

Many tiny house owners love composting toilets, because they don't have to connect to a local water main to deal with waste. Composting toilets also don't require attaching a water tank to your house and the associated emptying and refilling it you'll be doing on a regular basis if you have one. This type of toilet operates completely on its own, without the need for water or electricity, so it's very easy on the environment and inexpensive to operate.

There are two options on composting toilets. There is a high tech version and a low tech one. Both have their merits, and the one you choose will depend on your needs, budget, and preferences.

Low Tech Composting Toilets

This is about as low tech as toilets get outside of an outhouse. The toilet is a bucket with a toilet seat on top of it. Another bucket of sawdust is kept next to the toilet. Whenever you use it, you cover the waste with the sawdust.

The waste is removed from the toilet on a regular basis (usually every day, but sometimes less frequently, depending on how many people are using it), and deposited outside in a compost heap. Once the compost is ready, you can use it to fertilize your garden and/or yard.

This toilet is very inexpensive. You can buy a pre-made one for about $250, or build your own for even less.

High Tech Composting Toilets

These are more like conventional toilets in their construction. The difference is they aren't connected to a water main. They convert waste to compost directly in the toilet, either through turning the waste over using electricity, or with a hand crank. Once the compost is ready, you remove it from the toilet and use it in your yard.

This toilet costs between $900 and $2,000. However, you will save a lot of money in water costs, as well as electric costs if you opt to crank the composting feature manually.


You don't have to connect to a city water source or a well in order to effectively manage waste in a tiny house. All you need is an appropriate waste management system. While there are man options suitable for a tiny house, the composting toilet is a favorite of many tiny house owners. Try one in your own tiny house and see how you like it. Talk to a professional like A & S Sanitation Services for more information.