Cover Material--rotting sawdust

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Author: Joe Jenkins (Joe)
Friday, December 26, 2008 - 1:30 pm
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Rotted (rotting) sawdust comes from sawmills where trees are sawn into rough boards. First, you have to have trees, so if you're in the Mojave desert, you probably won't be finding any sawmills nearby. A local urban lady goes to the municipal site here in Pennsylvania where leaves are collected from city streets in the fall and left in piles near the municipal wastewater treatment plant. They let people take them for mulch, but the leaves also make excellent cover material. They're partially rotted after sitting in piles and she collects them in feed sacks. One feedsack lasts quite a while for her as she's the only one using the toilet in her household.

Author: Michael (Shawking)
Friday, December 26, 2008 - 2:03 am
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Hello Joe Jenkins,

Thank you for your book. After reading it I am very inspired to set up my own humanure compost system. I have a question about cover materials. When you say rotted sawdust (or rice husks, etc.) should be used for the toilet cover materials, where exactly does one get rotted sawdust? I saw a post that said you get your sawdust from the sawmill and leave it outside uncovered. Does the saw dust get the necessary moisture from this procedure? What are sources in the urban environment for appropriate cover materials for the toilet? Again, thanks so much for your work.

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