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Author: Anonymous
Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 6:24 pm
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Wondering if adding yeast to toilet would speed up the decomposition. My grandmother always added yeast to septic system and it was never pumped and when sale of house required pumping, it was not needed.

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Monday, July 14, 2003 - 11:40 am
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The septic tank bacteria that you can buy at the grocery store are almost certainly anaerobic bacteria not suitable for compost. Yeast can feed bacteria, but a little bit of it probably won't make much difference.

Author: Milkwitch
Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 8:20 pm
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if you have access to lots Comfrey plants (which does tend to exced its welcome) it is great for speeding up composting.

Author: Ronald Mazerolle
Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 11:04 am
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Sun-Mar uses arobic microbes for their compost toilets to speed up composting. The microbes are added perodically throughout the year. These are available from a Sun-Mar dealer or directly from Sun-Mar. I'm not sure how advantageous it would be for sawdust toilets but it would certainly provide more microbes. You can check it out at
https://www.sun-mar.com/

Author: TCLynx
Saturday, December 03, 2005 - 5:07 pm
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Kinda off toppic but Growing up we never needed to pump the septic system. The septic at my Grandmother's house was probably never pumped since indoor plumbing was installed probably sometime between 1910 and 1940. Two years ago when we were getting a permit to open a business in the house we had to locate the tank and have it inspected, they said it was fine.
What is this with haveing to pump them out all the time now?

Anyway, I've heard of grease, yogurt, yeast (beer or wine), or even some other active compost all can help jump start a slow to heat up pile.

Are you trying to speed up composting in a composting toilet system? Or are you trying to jump start a compost pile? Or are you just impaient to get the good compost?

The comercial composting toilet systems each have their own instructions so doing otherwise may be at risk to the warrintee.

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