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2022-11-04

Separett's guidance

Which toilet solution suits you? There's a lot to think about, but we at Separett know toilets and that's why we have made a guide with things that might be good to keep an eye on, as well as which solution is right for you!


The local authority’s regulations

All local authorities have regulations relating to the treatment of latrines, urine and urine-mixed wastewater from toilets. The regulations can vary between authorities depending on local environmental conditions. Regulations concerning latrines are aimed at preventing diseases potentially being spread by bacteria outside the toilet or latrine compost. 

The regulations therefore contain requirements for the bottom to be sealed and for material not to be spread out until a year after the last filling has taken place. Urine may, as a rule, be spread over growing vegetation on one’s own site, but there are authorities that do not permit urine to be spread. Certain authorities require the site to be of a certain size for urine to be spread.


Contact the environmental and health protection administration, or its equivalent, in the local authority where the toilet solution is to be used, so that you choose an alternative that is acceptable to the authority. Many authorities post their regulations on their websites. It is the authority's environmental board which determines what you can and cannot do. When the authority adopts a position regarding your application to install a new toilet solution, their points of departure are that the solution:


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Shall manage to achieve the protection level applying to the location

> Shall be dimensioned for five all year residents, even if it relates to a second home

> Shall be supplemented by some form of treatment for your bath, dishes and laundry water (BDL water)


Remember that many authorities have already withdrawn septic tank emptying and that several will soon be doing the same. Check to see what things are like in the local authority where you want to install the toilet solution. As municipal regulations have great significance, it is therefore important to consider the following when choosing a toilet solution:


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How waste management should be handled

> Contact your municipality early in the process to find out which regulations apply where you will install the toilet


Accessible space/the site’s suitability for filtration

If there is a space beneath, or a few meters away, from the toilet room, the number of possible solutions increases. When a property is to be built or converted it is therefore important to adopt a position regarding which solution is to be used, at the earliest possible stage. The space beneath the floor can be used as a privy or for collecting the waste in a latrine barrel for a composting system outdoors. Check that the space is adequate for the solution you select. Where urine filtration is permitted, there are factors such as the ground’s suitability for filtration, distance to surface water, drinking water supplies and site limits are crucial. In order to be able to ascertain the ground’s suitability and distance to groundwater, it is often necessary for test pits to be dug.


Comfort, care and cost

Consider how much comfort you want to have. Perhaps you want it just like at home or maybe you’ll be satisfied with a simpler alternative? And how much work are you prepared to invest in maintenance? Can you imagine taking things on yourself and composting the latrine and spreading urine from a dry toilet solution or emptying the ash box from an incinerating toilet? Last, but by no means least: How much may the toilet solution cost? Investment and running costs vary greatly between the different alternatives. The higher your comfort standards and less time for maintenance, the more it will cost, both in terms of investment and running costs.

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Find the right toilet solution

 

 

 

It can be difficult to know which toilet solution is right for you and your needs. Therefore, it is important that you decide early in the process, for example, how involved you want to be when it comes to waste management, what budget you have and where you will place the toilet.


We at Separett have more than 40 years of experience and if you have the slightest doubt, you can contact us and we will help you further in your choice. We have a solution that suits you and your needs! Below you will find a brief description of our models; function and handling.


Incinerating toilet

Incinerating toilets are becoming more and more popular and are the toilet solution that is increasing the most in Nordic holiday homes, but it has also become popular as a permanent solution. The ease of use and the comfort that the only residual product is pure ash, which can be spread as plant nutrition in the garden, contribute to the positive development of the incinerating toilet. Skip drains, digging and large installations. All that the incinerating toilet requires is electricity and ventilation!

In order to get a good function over time, it is important that the installation is done in accordance with current regulations and that the toilet is then maintained according to instructions. It's not particularly difficult, but it's important to get it right.

We have two incinerating toilets: FAMILY & BASIC. If you are looking for a complete and simple toilet solution with minimal end product handling, one of our incinerating toilets is a perfect option for you!


Urine diverting toilet

Our assortment includes a range of different types of urine diverting toilet solutions that are suitable for different needs and situations. Thanks to the separation of urine and solid waste, the smell is significantly reduced and the little smell that remains is effectively vented out with the help of a built-in fan. The toilet needs either electricity or batteries/solar cells and ventilation to function. In addition, the toilet can basically be placed wherever you want.

Our urine diverting toilet VILLA is and has for a long time been very popular all over the world and is appreciated for its ease of use and simplicity. With a robust design and large capacity for several people in the household, this is a toilet that works great in several places; for example both in the cottage and your permanent residence.

Our latest addition to the category is TINY, which is specially developed for tiny homes and smaller installations/spaces such as motorhomes, caravans, boats and hunting cabins. If you have a smaller space, then TINY is something for you! Here you also have the option, depending on where you live, to choose how you want to handle the urine. You can collect the urine in a urine container or lead the urine out via a urine tube.

We also offer PRIVY, which is the perfect upgrade to your existing outhouse toilet or if you want to build your own toilet solution (DIY). PRIVY is easily mounted on an existing seat bench. Over the years, creative users have shown different assembly options with the PRIVY - in a converted vans, buses or tiny houses.

When it comes to waste management, the user become more involved in this process (compared to an incinerating toilet), and can of course reuse your waste if you want. It is easy to compost the solid waste and use the urine as plant nutrition (suggested with our Ejectortank). Is it a hygienic and user-friendly toilet solution you are looking for? Then you should definitely check out if one of our urine diverting toilets suits you!


Urine toilet

Pee is our urine toilet and is intended to handle urine only. This toilet is a good complement for you who want to increase the capacity of your incinerating toilet. With the help of Pee, you can easily collect and use the urine as plant nutrition. Do you need a toilet for easy urine handling or for extra capacity to your existing incinerating toilet? Then Pee is the right choice!

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We recommend that you always make research before an installation, placement of a toilet or provision of latrine handling is carried out - so that your experience will be as good as possible. You can find information about this most conveniently in the user and installation manuals for our products.


We wish you a great toilet experience!