Thanks to…

  • Diana Zadravec, Sherry Elton and other members of Transition Invercargill for organising and donating wheelie bins, and participating in the working bee
  • Thank you also to the Invercargill Environment Centre staff and supporters for┬ádonating bins and helping out.
  • Scott Henderson, Phil Orr and the team from Southern Pride Invercargill New Century Lions for organising and participating in the working bee
  • Paul du Mez and Bond Contracts Limited for donating and supplying wheelie bins
  • Dean Miller of Northern Southland Transport for freighting the wheelie bins
  • Everyone who donated bins from Southland District Council, Invercargill District Council, Environment Southland, DOC and Venture Southalnd,
  • Tim and Cathy Davis of Placemakers Wanaka for donated plywood
  • Alon and Tracy Mahew of Alpha Furniture, Wanaka for use of their workshop
  • Phil at Xweb Creations for Web Hosting Account
  • City Firewood for sawdust donations
  • Living Springs for printing support
  • Volunteer helpers (Feb) – Reuben, Cam, Dave, and Jade
  • St Faith’s Hall, and the friendly people at the New Brighton Recovery Assistance Centre for printing and letting us set up on their lawn.
  • The lovely microbes – without them this whole thing just wouldn’t be possible.


6 Responses to Supporters

  1. Gina Coatsworth says:

    Kia ora,

    Tuatahi, he mihi maioha ki a koutou. I just wanted to drop a line to you all to say thank you. I attended one of your workshops in New Brighton after the February earthquakes. I wasn’t an earthquake refugee – just someone wanting to build a house but unable to because of the timing of the earthquakes. Instead we built a garage, but couldn’t afford the septic tank and plumbing.

    I have been using this solution for over a year now, while living in the garage. We have just received approval back to proceed with building a septic tank and will look at adding a conventional bathroom on to our garage until we are able to build. I will be happy to have a flushing toilet for our guests who might be uncomfortable with our “unusual” toilet arrangements, but during fine weather I still plan to use our outhouse and compost the waste. The trees that are closer to our shed and receive most of the diluted pee are doing fabulously and are clearly love the extra nutrients they receive!

    Thank you heaps for sharing your knowledge with us, and creating this site. Also happy to demonstrate the system to anyone passing through Birdlings Flat. We live in an environmentally sensitive area, and using wheelie bins to compost the solids helps protectour lakes from further pollution. Despite the unpleasantries of emptying the buckets, I believe that this system is more sustainable for our local conditions.

  2. Katie Kinstedt says:

    Hello all,

    Great work! I am doing a project about the application of ecological sanitation in disaster relief at the Technically University of Hamburg in Germany. I am interested in the design you have presented on this website for Christchurch, and I was wondering if you have any statistics on how many households have implemented this design as an alternative to the chemical toilets provided in the relief effort? Also, do you have any feedback about whether you believe this approach could replace the chemical toilets provided for emergency assistance in the future? Thanks in advance for your help.

    Katie Kinstedt

    • admin says:

      thanks for getting in touch. Your work is very exciting. I will email you direct.


      • Marky says:

        I would have used one if I had thought about it before hand.. We need to prepare everyones minds by filling them with info on the best ways to deal with issues like waste after a disaster…. people need ideas like this in their heads sitting waiting to be used, funnily enough we had no internet connection after the quake so research on these was almost impossible.

  3. Annie says:

    I’m currently doing a second article on composting toilets for Organic NZ mag. I’d like include something on the workshops you are running for Christchurch; can someone please send a phone no. I could ring for a chat, or contact me on either:
    03 470 1668
    021 0314664.

    Sooner rather than late would be great, if someone has time.

    Alternately, is it possible to use any of your images, if appropriate and of high enough resolution for magazine reproduction. They will be properly attributed to the owner.

    With thanks

    Annie Stuart

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